ARLINGTON, VA ― The DEA Museum in Arlington, Va., will offer a unique opportunity for the public to get an inside look into life as a special agent as part of a special June 4 event at auditorium, DEA Headquarters, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
As part of the DEA Museum lecture series, the museum’s director and chief curator will host an interactive program with several DEA Special Agents to discuss who they are and what they do. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended and available on Eventbrite. In addition, the event will be livestreamed here.
Special Agents are on the front lines of drug law enforcement in America and around the world. DEA’s goal is to eliminate illegal drug distribution, prosecute traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of these organizations. As the federal government’s premier drug law enforcement agency, our mission has never been so important. Agents are prepared for innumerable tasks including facilitating informant contacts, making drug arrests, community outreach, and international diplomacy.
Special Agents must maintain many skills to perform in less than ideal and often high-pressure situations. While in the field, agents may investigate and help prosecute major violators of controlled substance laws, and partner with federal, state, local, and foreign officials in managing drug intelligence programs.
Agents are often identified as the people who arrest and search subjects and seize assets connected to illicit drug trafficking, but they are also responsible for collecting and preparing evidence and performing other judicial functions. DEA Special Agents have a long-standing history in combating the critical problems of drug trafficking.
The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum’s collection of nearly 5,000 artifacts documents the history of drug policy, drug law enforcement, drug addiction and drug education in the United States. Museum programs, exhibits and educational outreach support the DEA’s mission to enforce controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and reduce the use and availability of illicit controlled substances.