U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Law and Legal Definition

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration was created by President Richard Nixon through an Executive Order in July 1973.

The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. DEA helps to bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, those organizations involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States. It also recommends and supports non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

The DEA is headed by an Administrator of Drug Enforcement appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.