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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Uttam Dhillon speaks to DEA employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va. In less than two years on the job, many field agents complained that Dhillon, a former Los Angeles federal prosecutor, was more of a bureaucrat than a leader, lacked experience and, as an acting administrator who was never confirmed, the full authority to implement meaningful reforms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism

May. 21, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's an agency with a critical mission of keeping American streets safe from narcotics. But in recent years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has needed protection from itself, with several agents charged with corruption and the agency engulfed by scandal. This week came more upheaval...

This undated photo provided by the Department of Justice shows Timothy Shea, currently U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  Shea will become the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and will be replaced by Justin Herdman, the U.S. attorney in Cleveland, who will move into the role as top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia.(Department of Justice via AP)

Source: Trump admin. to name new DEA head, US attorney in DC

May. 18, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. attorney who oversaw the reversal of a sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone and the motion to dismiss charges against ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn will become the nation's top drug enforcement official, according to an administration official. The...

This Thursday, April 30, 2020 photo shows the gate outside a warehouse in Weston, Fla. used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. A DEA agent and a telecommunications specialist are accused of stealing personal protective equipment, toilet paper and other supplies from the site in Weston, Fla., amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press in March 2020. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

AP: DEA agent accused of stealing PPE from agency warehouse

May. 1, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a telecommunications specialist are accused of stealing personal protective equipment, toilet paper and other supplies from an agency warehouse in Florida amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials told The...

This March 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Tunnel Team shows a tunnel under the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Calif. Federal authorities seized a panoply of narcotics inside the newly discovered underground passage connecting a warehouse in Tijuana with south San Diego. The bust of $30 million worth of street drugs was also notable for its low amount of fentanyl - about 2 pounds. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP)

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

Apr. 19, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in...