Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy: Smuggling Stories

DEA Museum Lecture Series Smuggling Stories, hosted by Josh Edmundson, focuses on a fundamental element of all major drug trafficking organizations’ (DTOs’) business models and a critical component of DEA’s work: smuggling.

Smuggling Stories investigates one of the pillars of DEA’s Kingpin Strategy, which is the disruption of smuggling routes and discovering and seizing shipments of illicit narcotics, weapons, cash, and other goods. The Kingpin Strategy focuses on removing DTOs’ ability to deliver their products to markets in the United States. 

Joining us is retired Special Agent Tony Placido. Mr. Placido has decades of experience thwarting the efforts of international DTOs.

As part of the presentation, DEA Museum’s Curator of Education, Josh Edmundson, will present additional information on smuggling artifacts, using objects from the Museum’s collection.

The DEA Museum supports DEA’s mission by collecting, preserving, and interpreting for the benefit of public health and safety the material culture of the DEA and its predecessor agencies, drug public policy leading to drug laws resulting in drug law enforcement, and drug education programs. The Museum also collects, preserves, and interprets the history of DEA and the execution of its mission. The Museum interprets the collection for the public benefit through permanent and temporary exhibits, programs, the Museum website, publications, social media, and other mediums.

Contact the DEA Museum by email atDEAMuseum@dea.govor by phone (202) 307-3463. Sign language interpretation will be provided.