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The DEA and Federal Charges

CourtColumns-7474334-M-150x150The Executive Branch of Government is often thought of by the people as the President of the United States or the Governor of a State. But, in fact, the Executive Branch of Government in the Federal Government or the State Government is also the police enforcing branch of the government. Federal drug crimes are often prosecuted by the DEA. The DEA is the investigative arm of any United States Attorney’s Office throughout the United States. The DEA is responsible for putting the criminal evidence and facts together for a United States Attorney, so that the accused can be arrested and then indicted by a grand jury. Once a grand jury indicts an individual, the United State Attorney will more than likely file formal charges against the accused. All of the work and preparation to introduce the evidence to a grand jury comes from the executive branch of government, in the Federal Arena it is the DEA’S job to do the work for the prosecutor.

The DEA have men and women working for the Agency called agents. The agents in fact wear many hats and have many different set of job skills. Every agent is a Certified Law Enforcement Officer. Agents carry weapons. Agents are trained in the area of surveillance, evidence, forensics and police work in general. Agents have one mission and that mission statement taken right from their website is as follows: “The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

In carrying out its mission as the agency responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States, the DEA’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Investigation and preparation for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and international levels.
  • Investigation and preparation for prosecution of criminals and drug gangs who perpetrate violence in our communities and terrorize citizens through fear and intimidation.
  • Management of a national drug intelligence program in cooperation with federal, state, local, and foreign officials to collect, analyze, and disseminate strategic and operational drug intelligence information.
  • Seizure and forfeiture of assets derived from, traceable to, or intended to be used for illicit drug trafficking.
  • Enforcement of the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act as they pertain to the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances.
  • Coordination and cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement officials on mutual drug enforcement efforts and enhancement of such efforts through exploitation of potential interstate and international investigations beyond local or limited federal jurisdictions and resources.
  • Coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, and with foreign governments, in programs designed to reduce the availability of illicit abuse-type drugs on the United States market through nonenforcement methods such as crop eradication, crop substitution, and training of foreign officials.
  • Responsibility, under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassadors, for all programs associated with drug law enforcement counterparts in foreign countries.
  • Liaison with the United Nations, Interpol, and other organizations on matters relating to international drug control programs.”

See the DEA’s Mission Statement for more details.

If you or a loved one is under investigation or is being questioned by the DEA, you must act immediately to protect your Federal rights. Remember the Federal courts require a federal lawyer, Andrew D. Stine is a Barred Federal lawyer in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Remember too, that you have the right to remain silent and you must ask for a lawyer immediately, if the DEA beings to question you. Once you ask for a lawyer, the questioning ought to stop. This means if the DEA shows up at your house, place of employment or stops you in an automobile; tell them immediately that I have a lawyer; Andrew D. Stine from Palm Beach, Florida is my Federal criminal defense Attorney. Further, I wish to speak to my Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine, before I speak to anyone else. Do not lie or tell falsehoods to the DEA agents. Remember you do not have to speak to a DEA Agent, but if you do and lie to them on a material fact, you will add additional crimes to the list of problems you already have in place. The best advice is to tell the DEA Agent that Andrew D. Stine is my federal criminal defense lawyer, the people’s lawyer, and I want to speak to him now. Remember a whole branch of government is working to put you or your loved ones freedoms and finances in jeopardy, do not assist the government anymore by making statements to them, call me at 561.880.4300.

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