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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, marijuana 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, marijuana 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 marijuana, it remains a Schedule I (1) substance under the Controlled Substance...
06/04/2021

Although many states have decriminalized marijuana, 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 marijuana product for any clinical condition. Because of this, the FDA and DEA maintain that marijuana 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 marijuana, 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 marijuana product for any clinical condition. Because of this, the FDA and DEA maintain that marijuana 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 cocaine trafficking organization. Pablo Rayo-Montano, a Colombian national and CPOT (Consolidated Priority Target), was responsible for smuggling more than 15 tons of cocaine 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 cocaine and 700 pounds of marijuana. 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 cocaine trafficking organization. Pablo Rayo-Montano, a Colombian national and CPOT (Consolidated Priority Target), was responsible for smuggling more than 15 tons of cocaine 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 cocaine and 700 pounds of marijuana. 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

To Dab or not to Dab?Dabbing is a popular dance move, but it is also a term used by young people to describe using an e-...
05/15/2021

To Dab or not to Dab?

Dabbing is a popular dance move, but it is also a term used by young people to describe using an e-cigarette to ingest marijuana, which remains very popular among US teens.
NIDA Health Scientist Dr. Ruben Baler estimates that out of three million young people vaping, 30 to 40 percent are vaping marijuana, or Dabbing.

Photo source: Pexels

To Dab or not to Dab?

Dabbing is a popular dance move, but it is also a term used by young people to describe using an e-cigarette to ingest marijuana, which remains very popular among US teens.
NIDA Health Scientist Dr. Ruben Baler estimates that out of three million young people vaping, 30 to 40 percent are vaping marijuana, or Dabbing.

Photo source: Pexels

05/13/2021

Please join DEA today for our 2021 virtual Memorial Service. Every year during Police Week, law enforcement agencies take time to reflect on the sacrifices made in the pursuit of safety and security. We invite you to this year's special debut of our newly redesigned Wall of Honor.

https://deamuseum.org/news/2021-dea-virtual-memorial-service/

#Onthisday in 1999, the DEA Museum and Visitors Center opened its doors in Arlington, VA. Since then, we have continued ...
05/11/2021

#Onthisday in 1999, the DEA Museum and Visitors Center opened its doors in Arlington, VA. Since then, we have continued the mission to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits and educational outreach programs. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our newly renovated exhibit in the coming months.

Help us celebrate by sharing your favorite memory of the Museum!

05/10/2021

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! The DEA Museum recognizes the value of educators of all kinds. You are the heartbeats of our communities and tie families together. You are the eyes and ears that ensure our youth are safe and healthy. We know that the world is better because of you!

What is Fentanyl?Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was...
05/08/2021

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients.

Because of how powerful it is, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to lots of different street drugs to increase potency; from heroin, to cocaine, marijuana, and others. Many users don’t know there is fentanyl in the drugs they are buying – which often leads to overdose deaths.

Photo of a lethal dose of fentanyl on the end of a #2 pencil.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients.

Because of how powerful it is, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to lots of different street drugs to increase potency; from heroin, to cocaine, marijuana, and others. Many users don’t know there is fentanyl in the drugs they are buying – which often leads to overdose deaths.

Photo of a lethal dose of fentanyl on the end of a #2 pencil.

05/07/2021

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act, which went into effect on May 1st 1971. The Controlled Substances Act established a system for categorizing drugs and other substances for more effective management and regulation. Substances are evaluated and assigned to a category, or “schedule,” based on accepted medical use and risk of abuse or dependence. For example, schedule V (5) substances are medically useful and pose a relatively low risk of abuse or mental addiction. On the other hand, schedule I (1) substances have no currently accepted medical use, pose a high risk of abuse, and are strongly addictive. Schedule I substances include heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Substances can be reassigned to a different schedule through a combination of strong research and a rigorous legislative petition process.

Alcohol can be an appealing legal drug to consume, but always consider how it might interact with other substances you p...
05/06/2021

Alcohol can be an appealing legal drug to consume, but always consider how it might interact with other substances you put in your body. Mixing alcohol and other drugs, including medicines, can have harmful consequences. Severe symptoms can include vomiting, fainting, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Even over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies can have harmful effects when combined with alcohol. Keep yourself safe by consuming alcohol wisely and avoiding it if you are taking certain medications. Read all warning labels and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Photo source: Pexels

Alcohol can be an appealing legal drug to consume, but always consider how it might interact with other substances you put in your body. Mixing alcohol and other drugs, including medicines, can have harmful consequences. Severe symptoms can include vomiting, fainting, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Even over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies can have harmful effects when combined with alcohol. Keep yourself safe by consuming alcohol wisely and avoiding it if you are taking certain medications. Read all warning labels and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Photo source: Pexels

These unassuming spoons were made for distribution in McDonald's restaurants as coffee stirrers in the 1970s. Unfortunat...
05/06/2021

These unassuming spoons were made for distribution in McDonald's restaurants as coffee stirrers in the 1970s. Unfortunately their size and shape meant they were also ideal for inhaling cocaine. The small spoon could easily be concealed in a pocket so was easily portable, and the tiny ladle was reported to hold the typical quantity of cocaine powder for recreational snorting. McDonalds later replaced these coffee stirrers with a flat design.

These unassuming spoons were made for distribution in McDonald's restaurants as coffee stirrers in the 1970s. Unfortunately their size and shape meant they were also ideal for inhaling cocaine. The small spoon could easily be concealed in a pocket so was easily portable, and the tiny ladle was reported to hold the typical quantity of cocaine powder for recreational snorting. McDonalds later replaced these coffee stirrers with a flat design.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Obi-Wan knows not to buy drugs on the street, especially death sticks. Sta...
05/04/2021

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!

Obi-Wan knows not to buy drugs on the street, especially death sticks. Stay safe and live drug free!

#Maythe4thbewithyou

Photo from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!

Obi-Wan knows not to buy drugs on the street, especially death sticks. Stay safe and live drug free!

#Maythe4thbewithyou

Photo from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

04/30/2021

The Medellín Cartel was one of the most notorious and cruel drug trafficking organizations in history. Led by the infamous Pablo Escobar, the cartel was known for smuggling tons of cocaine from Colombia to dozens of countries around the world, but also their bold and lethal terrorist tactics. #Onthisday in 1984, the Medellín Cartel publicly assassinated the Colombian Minister of Justice, Rodrigo Lara-Bonilla, a vocal advocate for the extradition of cocaine traffickers. Due to brave people like him, the Colombian National Police and the DEA were gradually able to dismantle the Medellín Cartel by the early 1990s.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at the DEA Museum? Here is your chance to find out! Ask us anything about ...
04/28/2021

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at the DEA Museum?

Here is your chance to find out! Ask us anything about our work and our staff will share our stories and experiences with you!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at the DEA Museum?

Here is your chance to find out! Ask us anything about our work and our staff will share our stories and experiences with you!

How do drugs work in the brain to produce pleasure?Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward ...
04/28/2021

How do drugs work in the brain to produce pleasure?

Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. When activated at normal levels, this system rewards our natural behaviors. Overstimulating the system with drugs, however, produces euphoric effects, which strongly reinforce the behavior of drug use—teaching the user to repeat it.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Photo Source: Free Stocks

How do drugs work in the brain to produce pleasure?

Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. When activated at normal levels, this system rewards our natural behaviors. Overstimulating the system with drugs, however, produces euphoric effects, which strongly reinforce the behavior of drug use—teaching the user to repeat it.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Photo Source: Free Stocks

These tools are used in the cultivation and harvest of opium from poppy plants throughout Asia, the Middle East, and now...
04/28/2021

These tools are used in the cultivation and harvest of opium from poppy plants throughout Asia, the Middle East, and now Central and South America. When the poppy seed pods mature, they are cut with a scoring tool (bottom left) which acts as claws and scratches the skin of the pod in rows. The milky sap in the pod oozes out over hours and days. As the sap thickens, it is harvested using a flat scraping tool (top right). The sap, or opium gum, is laid out to dry and thicken. Historically, the opium gum was smoked, but has also been processed into morphine and heroin. These same tools are still in use today and opium harvests are still mostly conducted by hand.

These tools are used in the cultivation and harvest of opium from poppy plants throughout Asia, the Middle East, and now Central and South America. When the poppy seed pods mature, they are cut with a scoring tool (bottom left) which acts as claws and scratches the skin of the pod in rows. The milky sap in the pod oozes out over hours and days. As the sap thickens, it is harvested using a flat scraping tool (top right). The sap, or opium gum, is laid out to dry and thicken. Historically, the opium gum was smoked, but has also been processed into morphine and heroin. These same tools are still in use today and opium harvests are still mostly conducted by hand.

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