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Conspiracy Investigations: Terrorism, Drugs and Gangs
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Global Drug Enforcement (Practical Aspects of Criminal & Forensic Investigation)
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Practical Criminal Evidence
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About the Drug Enforcement Agency

The tradition of federal drug law enforcement began in 1915 with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. In the following decades, several federal agencies had drug law enforcement responsibilities. By the 1960s, the two agencies charged with drug law enforcement were the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC) and the federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN).


In 1968, with the introduction into Congress of Reorganization Plan No. 1, President Johnson proposed combining two agencies into a third new drug enforcement agency. The action merged the Bureau of Narcotics, in the Treasury Department, which was responsible for the control of marijuana and narcotics such as heroin, with the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC), in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, which was responsible for the control of dangerous drugs, including depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens, such as LSD. The new agency, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), was placed under the Department of Justice, which is the government agency primarily concerned with federal law enforcement.


In 1973, President Richard Nixon declared "an all-out global war on the drug menace" and sent Reorganization Plan No. 2 to Congress. "Right now," he pointed out, "the federal government is fighting the war on drug abuse under a distinct handicap, for its efforts are those of a loosely confederated alliance facing a resourceful, elusive, worldwide enemy. Certainly, the cold- blooded underworld networks that funnel narcotics from suppliers all over the world are no respecters of the bureaucratic dividing lines that now complicate our anti-drug efforts."


When John R. Bartels, Jr., was confirmed as the DEA's first Administrator on October 4, 1973, he had two goals for the new agency: (1) to integrate narcotics agents and U.S. Customs agents into one effective force; and (2) to restore public confidence in narcotics law enforcement.

Gregory D. Lee, M.P.A., is a retired Supervisory Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and is a former instructor at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy. He provides a wide range of consulting and expert witness services for the legal community and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Lee's expertise covers the entire spectrum of drug law enforcement. He is a qualified expert witness who will thoroughly review both criminal and civil discovery material and provide you with a written case analysis based on his 30 years of law enforcement experience. His specific areas of expertise include the management of informants, deadly force, use of force, arrest procedures, drug raid planning and execution, undercover operations, surveillance, money laundering, drug identification, clandestine laboratories, terrorism, and police investigative procedures, to name a few.


Greg literally wrote the book on drug investigations. He is the author of Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques, Conspiracy Investigations: Terrorism, Drugs and Gangs, and Practical Criminal Evidence. Throughout his DEA career he wrote numerous articles for professional law enforcement publications.

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