DEA Museum and Visitors Center

DEA Museum and Visitors Center The DEA Museum looks at the history behind illicit drugs in America. We are currently closed for renovation and expected to reopen later this year.

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#Onthisday in 2000, DEA hosted the International Conference on Ecstasy and Club Drugs in Arlington, VA. The conference w...
07/31/2021

#Onthisday in 2000, DEA hosted the International Conference on Ecstasy and Club Drugs in Arlington, VA. The conference was conducted in partnership with over 300 officials in the domestic and foreign law enforcement, judicial, chemical, prevention, and treatment communities. Topics centered on the growing threat of ecstasy, GHB, rohypnol, and ketamine.

By hosting this conference, DEA took the lead in identifying the gravity of the issue and the efforts to combat the club drug problem in the country. Medical experts provided information on the harmful physical effects of club drug abuse, and media representatives offered their perspectives on the club drug epidemic. DEA developed several objectives including advancing drug education and prevention, enhancing parental knowledge of raves and club drugs, and educating high school and college students about the realities and dangers of raves.

Photo: M**A tablets (AKA Ecstasy or Molly)

#Onthisday in 2000, DEA hosted the International Conference on Ecstasy and Club Drugs in Arlington, VA. The conference was conducted in partnership with over 300 officials in the domestic and foreign law enforcement, judicial, chemical, prevention, and treatment communities. Topics centered on the growing threat of ecstasy, GHB, rohypnol, and ketamine.

By hosting this conference, DEA took the lead in identifying the gravity of the issue and the efforts to combat the club drug problem in the country. Medical experts provided information on the harmful physical effects of club drug abuse, and media representatives offered their perspectives on the club drug epidemic. DEA developed several objectives including advancing drug education and prevention, enhancing parental knowledge of raves and club drugs, and educating high school and college students about the realities and dangers of raves.

Photo: M**A tablets (AKA Ecstasy or Molly)

Badges confer authority to a law enforcement officer and have been used for centuries to identify members of law enforce...
07/29/2021

Badges confer authority to a law enforcement officer and have been used for centuries to identify members of law enforcement. When DEA was created in 1973, it needed a new badge for its agents. The badge that was developed and is still used today has an eagle icon, representing the United States. The body of the badge is a sunburst with text identifying individuals' agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Every DEA special agent is required to carry a badge which identifies them as a federal law enforcement employee. Each badge is numbered, and agents will have the same badge during their career, which they receive upon graduation from Basic Agent Training at the DEA Academy.

Badges confer authority to a law enforcement officer and have been used for centuries to identify members of law enforcement. When DEA was created in 1973, it needed a new badge for its agents. The badge that was developed and is still used today has an eagle icon, representing the United States. The body of the badge is a sunburst with text identifying individuals' agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Every DEA special agent is required to carry a badge which identifies them as a federal law enforcement employee. Each badge is numbered, and agents will have the same badge during their career, which they receive upon graduation from Basic Agent Training at the DEA Academy.

#Onthisday in 2005, DEA addressed and shut down the first known sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel running beneath the ...
07/21/2021

#Onthisday in 2005, DEA addressed and shut down the first known sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel running beneath the U.S./Canadian border. The tunnel ran at a depth between 3 and 10 feet and was reinforced with iron rebar and wood supports. The outlet on the Canadian side of the 360 foot long tunnel was hidden under a Quonset hut in British Columbia, and the outlet on the U.S. side came out into the living room of a house in Lynden, Washington. DEA agents seized several loads of ma*****na and M**A (ecstasy) that was being moved through the tunnel.

#Onthisday in 2005, DEA addressed and shut down the first known sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel running beneath the U.S./Canadian border. The tunnel ran at a depth between 3 and 10 feet and was reinforced with iron rebar and wood supports. The outlet on the Canadian side of the 360 foot long tunnel was hidden under a Quonset hut in British Columbia, and the outlet on the U.S. side came out into the living room of a house in Lynden, Washington. DEA agents seized several loads of ma*****na and M**A (ecstasy) that was being moved through the tunnel.

This mysterious looking sphere is a sophisticated piece of technology used by DEA to gather information and evidence to ...
07/20/2021

This mysterious looking sphere is a sophisticated piece of technology used by DEA to gather information and evidence to build strong cases against illegal drug traffickers. It is called a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera and is typically mounted on the underside of a helicopter or airplane. The FLIR camera uses thermographic imaging that senses infrared radiation. They can be used to help pilots detect warm objects against a cooler background. DEA Airwing uses FLIR cameras for a variety of investigations including identifying illegal ma*****na grows and finding suspects.

This mysterious looking sphere is a sophisticated piece of technology used by DEA to gather information and evidence to build strong cases against illegal drug traffickers. It is called a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera and is typically mounted on the underside of a helicopter or airplane. The FLIR camera uses thermographic imaging that senses infrared radiation. They can be used to help pilots detect warm objects against a cooler background. DEA Airwing uses FLIR cameras for a variety of investigations including identifying illegal ma*****na grows and finding suspects.

Today is World Listening Day! Drug misuse is an ongoing issue in America that impact individuals, families, and communit...
07/18/2021
How to Find Help | National Institute on Drug Abuse

Today is World Listening Day! Drug misuse is an ongoing issue in America that impact individuals, families, and communities. One of the fundamental ways to begin helping someone dealing with drug misuse is to listen to them.

Find resources for helping a friend or loved one here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/step-by-step-guides-to-finding-treatment-drug-use-disorders/if-you-have-problem-drugs-adults/how-to-find-help

Find resources for talking to youth about drug misuse here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/opioids-facts-parents-need-to-know/talking-to-your-kids-communicating-risks

Asking for help is the first important step. Visiting your doctor for a possible referral to treatment is one way to do it.

Did you know that DEA is seeing a dramatic and distressing increase in counterfeit pills being sold in illegal markets i...
07/13/2021

Did you know that DEA is seeing a dramatic and distressing increase in counterfeit pills being sold in illegal markets in the U.S. Illegal drug manufacturers are selling pills that are made to look identical to legal pharmaceuticals. However, these pills can be composed of a lethal combination of drugs including the deadly fentanyl. Consuming pills that weren't distributed by a legitimate pharmacy or accepting drugs from friends or strangers that weren't prescribed to you can be a dangerous mistake.

Did you know that DEA is seeing a dramatic and distressing increase in counterfeit pills being sold in illegal markets in the U.S. Illegal drug manufacturers are selling pills that are made to look identical to legal pharmaceuticals. However, these pills can be composed of a lethal combination of drugs including the deadly fentanyl. Consuming pills that weren't distributed by a legitimate pharmacy or accepting drugs from friends or strangers that weren't prescribed to you can be a dangerous mistake.

On June 28, Anne Milgram was sworn in as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by U.S. Attorney General M...
07/10/2021

On June 28, Anne Milgram was sworn in as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland following confirmation by the U.S. Senate June 24.

As DEA Administrator, she leads an agency of more than 10,000 people, including nearly 5,000 Special Agents and 800 Intelligence Analysts, in 239 domestic offices in 23 divisions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and in 91 foreign offices in 69 countries.

“I am honored to lead the dedicated professionals of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who work tirelessly at home and abroad to carry out DEA’s vital mission of making our communities safer and healthier,” said Administrator Milgram.

On June 28, Anne Milgram was sworn in as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland following confirmation by the U.S. Senate June 24.

As DEA Administrator, she leads an agency of more than 10,000 people, including nearly 5,000 Special Agents and 800 Intelligence Analysts, in 239 domestic offices in 23 divisions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and in 91 foreign offices in 69 countries.

“I am honored to lead the dedicated professionals of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who work tirelessly at home and abroad to carry out DEA’s vital mission of making our communities safer and healthier,” said Administrator Milgram.

Happy Independence Day! Have a safe and fun holiday!
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day! Have a safe and fun holiday!

Happy Independence Day! Have a safe and fun holiday!

July 1st marked the 48 year anniversary of the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA was established ...
07/02/2021

July 1st marked the 48 year anniversary of the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA was established as a result of the Reorganization Plan No. 2, submitted to Congress by President Nixon. This plan unified numerous federal offices including the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE), the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence (ONNI), and a large contingent from the United States Customs Service into the Drug Enforcement Administration under the Department of Justice. By consolidating responsibilities, the DEA is capable of being more efficient and effective at their mission to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

July 1st marked the 48 year anniversary of the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA was established as a result of the Reorganization Plan No. 2, submitted to Congress by President Nixon. This plan unified numerous federal offices including the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE), the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence (ONNI), and a large contingent from the United States Customs Service into the Drug Enforcement Administration under the Department of Justice. By consolidating responsibilities, the DEA is capable of being more efficient and effective at their mission to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

Happy National U.S. Postage Stamp Day! DEA has sponsored the creation of drug prevention awareness stamp, available at y...
07/01/2021

Happy National U.S. Postage Stamp Day! DEA has sponsored the creation of drug prevention awareness stamp, available at your local post office. Learn about other stamps in the Museum's collection!

#ThrowbackThursday

Don't forget! Our next lecture: Smuggling Stories is today at 1 PM EST! Tune in for the live stream here:
06/17/2021
#DEAMuseum The DEA Museum Lecture: "Smuggling Stories"

Don't forget! Our next lecture: Smuggling Stories is today at 1 PM EST! Tune in for the live stream here:

This installment of The DEA Museum Lecture Series focuses on a fundamental element of all major drug trafficking organizations’ (DTOs’) business models and a...

06/09/2021
DEA Museum Moment: Nowhere to Hide

Join our Visitor Services Coordinator for our very first Museum Moment: Nowhere to Hide. Discover the mysterious and sometimes shocking world of drug smuggling. How do DEA Special Agents prevent illegal drugs from crossing international boarders? Find out how the sophisticated network of law enforcement personnel work together to implement innovative strategies to detect and halt smuggled drugs.

Upcoming DEA Museum Lecture: Smuggling Stories
June 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST
Free registration at www.smuggling_stories.eventbrite.com

Other resources: www.DEAMuseum.org
www.JustThinkTwice.gov
www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.gov
www.DEA.gov/Operation-Engage
www.CampusDrugPrevention.gov

Did you know that DEA has an Aviation Division? The DEA Aviation Division, aka Air Wing, was established to provide imme...
06/06/2021

Did you know that DEA has an Aviation Division? The DEA Aviation Division, aka Air Wing, was established to provide immediate tactical, technical, and administrative aviation support in DEA's worldwide mission. The Air Wing conducts air-to-ground, maritime, and electronic surveillance, photographic reconnaissance, undercover operations, ma*****na eradication, prisoner transport, and special tactical operations. DEA mission success depends on the expertise of the pilots and crews of the Aviation Division.

Did you know that DEA has an Aviation Division? The DEA Aviation Division, aka Air Wing, was established to provide immediate tactical, technical, and administrative aviation support in DEA's worldwide mission. The Air Wing conducts air-to-ground, maritime, and electronic surveillance, photographic reconnaissance, undercover operations, ma*****na eradication, prisoner transport, and special tactical operations. DEA mission success depends on the expertise of the pilots and crews of the Aviation Division.

Although many states have decriminalized ma*****na, it remains a Schedule I (1) substance under the Controlled Substance...
06/04/2021

Although many states have decriminalized ma*****na, it remains a Schedule I (1) substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has federal authority to approve drugs for medicinal use.

To date, the FDA has not approved a marketing application for any ma*****na product for any clinical condition. Because of this, the FDA and DEA maintain that ma*****na has no federally approved medical use for treatment in the US and thus remains a Schedule I controlled substance.

Photographer: Michael Fischer

Although many states have decriminalized ma*****na, it remains a Schedule I (1) substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has federal authority to approve drugs for medicinal use.

To date, the FDA has not approved a marketing application for any ma*****na product for any clinical condition. Because of this, the FDA and DEA maintain that ma*****na has no federally approved medical use for treatment in the US and thus remains a Schedule I controlled substance.

Photographer: Michael Fischer

Have you reserved your ticket for the June lecture? Discover the fascinating strategies used to halt drug smuggling. Fre...
06/02/2021

Have you reserved your ticket for the June lecture? Discover the fascinating strategies used to halt drug smuggling. Free tickets available on Eventbrite!

Have you reserved your ticket for the June lecture? Discover the fascinating strategies used to halt drug smuggling. Free tickets available on Eventbrite!

The Drug Enforcement Administration has offices all over the world. Foreign governments invite DEA involvement and suppo...
05/27/2021

The Drug Enforcement Administration has offices all over the world. Foreign governments invite DEA involvement and support for their own drug law enforcement efforts because without cooperation, it would be impossible to halt the global trade of illegal drugs. DEA currently has 91 Foreign Offices in 68 countries.

Are you or your family from one of these countries? Share with us in the comments!

The Drug Enforcement Administration has offices all over the world. Foreign governments invite DEA involvement and support for their own drug law enforcement efforts because without cooperation, it would be impossible to halt the global trade of illegal drugs. DEA currently has 91 Foreign Offices in 68 countries.

Are you or your family from one of these countries? Share with us in the comments!

Of the 16.8 million student’s enrolled at America’s two- and four-year degree programs each year, approximately 75% are ...
05/25/2021

Of the 16.8 million student’s enrolled at America’s two- and four-year degree programs each year, approximately 75% are living away from home for the first time. Drug use among college students tends to start after they have arrived on campus.

Students often cite four main reasons that college campuses provide a rich environment for drug experimentation:
1. Ease of drug availability
2. Lack of parental influence
3. Normalization of drug use among peers
4. Low perceived risk of harm from drug use

Photo source: Pexels

Of the 16.8 million student’s enrolled at America’s two- and four-year degree programs each year, approximately 75% are living away from home for the first time. Drug use among college students tends to start after they have arrived on campus.

Students often cite four main reasons that college campuses provide a rich environment for drug experimentation:
1. Ease of drug availability
2. Lack of parental influence
3. Normalization of drug use among peers
4. Low perceived risk of harm from drug use

Photo source: Pexels

Drug trafficking organizations us a vast array of objects for concealing illegal drugs in order to smuggle them through ...
05/22/2021

Drug trafficking organizations us a vast array of objects for concealing illegal drugs in order to smuggle them through security check points. This lime green surfboard has been sliced and carved to create a series of cavities shaped to seat bricks of drugs.

Do you think this could make it past airport security?

Drug trafficking organizations us a vast array of objects for concealing illegal drugs in order to smuggle them through security check points. This lime green surfboard has been sliced and carved to create a series of cavities shaped to seat bricks of drugs.

Do you think this could make it past airport security?

#Onthisday in 2006, DEA announced the culmination of Operation Twin Oceans, a three-year, multi-jurisdictional and multi...
05/17/2021

#Onthisday in 2006, DEA announced the culmination of Operation Twin Oceans, a three-year, multi-jurisdictional and multinational investigation that targeted a specific co***ne trafficking organization. Pablo Rayo-Montano, a Colombian national and CPOT (Consolidated Priority Target), was responsible for smuggling more than 15 tons of co***ne per month from Colombia to the streets of the US and Europe. The three-year investigation resulted in over 50 arrests and the seizure of over 103,000 pounds of co***ne and 700 pounds of ma*****na. On the morning of May 16th Rayo-Montano and 21 of his coconspirators were arrested. Also seized were $700,000 in cash, 6 cars, and 3 yachts.

Photo of one of several drug shipments intercepted during Operation Twin Oceans

#Onthisday in 2006, DEA announced the culmination of Operation Twin Oceans, a three-year, multi-jurisdictional and multinational investigation that targeted a specific co***ne trafficking organization. Pablo Rayo-Montano, a Colombian national and CPOT (Consolidated Priority Target), was responsible for smuggling more than 15 tons of co***ne per month from Colombia to the streets of the US and Europe. The three-year investigation resulted in over 50 arrests and the seizure of over 103,000 pounds of co***ne and 700 pounds of ma*****na. On the morning of May 16th Rayo-Montano and 21 of his coconspirators were arrested. Also seized were $700,000 in cash, 6 cars, and 3 yachts.

Photo of one of several drug shipments intercepted during Operation Twin Oceans

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