Latest U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration News

In South Dakota, meth fighters welcome any help they get

Nov. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s new anti-drug campaign drew plenty of mockery on social media this week for its “Meth: We’re on it” slogan, but according to local police, the attention couldn’t have come at a better time. Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota...

Agency sues Colorado pharmacy board for prescription data

Nov. 12, 2019 4:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking access to Colorado's prescription information in a lawsuit sparking a dispute over privacy. The Colorado Sun reported Monday that the DEA's lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver requests data from the State Board of Pharmacy's database...

Ex-DEA agent accused of taking bribes to hide drug dealers

Nov. 5, 2019 7:37 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration is accused of taking at least $250,000 in bribes to protect drug traffickers, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday. Authorities announced that longtime agent Joseph Bongiovanni was arraigned on an 11-count indictment...

DEA warns of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl

Nov. 4, 2019 10:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning that Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing large quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing the deadly opioid fentanyl. The DEA said Monday the pills have been showing up on Long Island and New York City, as well as other parts of...

ACLU sues FBI, DEA for facial recognition records

Oct. 31, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A civil rights group is suing the federal government to release records about its use of facial recognition technology. The American Civil Liberties Union and its Massachusetts chapter say they filed the lawsuit in Boston federal court Thursday after law enforcement agencies failed to respond...

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

Oct. 20, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they've uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country's banking laws. The Mexican drug cartels are taking...

First lady calls for end of e-cigarette marketing to youth

Oct. 7, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump said Monday that companies "must stop" marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they are addictive and dangerous. Marketing tobacco products to kids is already prohibited in the United States, and Juul Labs Inc., the nation's largest maker of electronic cigarettes, has...

DEA to open office in Garden City as drug seizures increase

Oct. 6, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration plans to reopen an office that in closed two years ago in Garden City. The Kansas News Service reports the office is reopening at a time when methamphetamine seizures are increasing in Finney County and some drug-related shootings have...

Watchdog finds DEA was 'slow to respond' to opioid epidemic

Oct. 1, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration was "slow to respond" as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency for cutting back use of a key enforcement tool and continuing to raise production quotas...

DEA: New Mexico police employee may have tipped trafficker

Sep. 26, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — One or more employees for a northern New Mexico police department may have tried to help a suspected drug trafficker who was later arrested in a federal sting, police documents filed in court alleged. The search warrant affidavit filed recently in U.S. District Court said the U.S....