In carrying out its mission as the agency responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States, the DEAs primary responsibilities include: Investigation and preparation for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and international levels. When the DEA Investigates and prepare 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. 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 non-enforcement 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 (justice. gov).
The focus of the action plan is on the most dangerous individuals claiming gang affiliation and violence on the most dangerous gangs in the state. These highly dangerous individuals and groups exhibit a relatively uninhibited willingness to engage in gun violence, with minimal provocation and subject to minimal mechanisms internal to the gang to control such violence. Dispute resolution by handgun has become, unfortunately, an increasingly common part of gang culture, driven in large part to the increasing availability of powerful handguns on the streets of our cities.
For those high-priority targets and groups, the plan encourages law enforcement agencies to engage in aggressive, coordinated, and enhanced investigation and prosecution efforts. Law enforcement Agencies will use all available technologies and resources, including electronic surveillance, to build cases against these individuals that rely on police witnesses rather than on witnesses with damaged credibility or witnesses subject to intimidation.
The action plan recognizes that, while street gangs are criminal organizations engaging in a host of illegal activities, not every member of the gang represents an equally urgent threat to public safety. Within a given gang, a certain subset of that membership will warrant, for a variety of reasons, intensive law enforcement attention and focus.
Those reasons warranting such efforts include, but are not limited to, an individual holding a leadership position in the gang or committing violent acts, or the threat thereof, including against witnesses or potential witnesses. Accordingly, the plan encourages law enforcement agencies to focus their enforcement efforts on the worst of the worst, while remaining responsive to other crime patterns as identified through its analysis and by community stakeholders.
Where a given gang has the capacity to control the violent acts of its members and fails to do so, despite warning by community leaders and law enforcement, the threat to public safety may warrant large-scale actions against all members of that gang. In other instances, however, enforcement actions based on intelligence-led determinations of the priority targets as opposed to indiscriminate arrests of members peripheral or uninvolved to the gangs violent activities will likely produce the maximum benefits in reducing gang-related violence.
Recognizing that the formulation and evaluation of effective anti-violence law enforcement strategies requires accurate data and the technology to collect, analyze, and share it, the plan establishes reporting requirements for violent crime. The success of any law enforcement strategy, the plan requires continued emphasis on community outreach and support and increased efforts at minimizing witness intimidation.