U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The Drug Enforcement Administration is a component of the Department of Justice, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and others. It is headed by an Administrator who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Asa Hutchinson, past Administrator, had served from August 8, 2001 until he became Undersecretary of Border Security in 2003. While serving his 3rd term in the U.S. Congress, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to join the Administration. William B. Simpkins is the current Acting Administrator.

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.

Recent DEA Budgets, all sources (in Billions)

Fiscal Year Total DEA
Total Federal
Drug Budget
FY'01 1.66 18.2
FY'00 1.55 17.8
FY'99 1.41 17.9
Source: DEA.gov (2-21-02)