Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Kingston Country Office

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and to 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 production and distribution of illegal drugs and related criminal activity. Additionally, DEA is tasked with the responsibility of recommending and supporting enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of controlled substances and precursor chemicals in the domestic and international markets.

Not only is DEA the lead agency for domestic enforcement of federal drug laws and related violations, but it also has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations and related crimes abroad. In this regard, the DEA Kingston Country Office is responsible, under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador, for all programs associated with narcotics violations and related crimes with foreign law enforcement counterparts.

In addition to investigative work with Jamaican law enforcement agencies, the DEA Kingston Country Office provides technical support to these agencies in an effort to assist them in reducing narcotics manufacturing and trafficking through training and the sharing of operational techniques and enforcement methods. DEA also collects and analyzes criminal organization intelligence which is made available to host government law enforcement counterparts.

DEA maintains an office located at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. DEA personnel work in cooperation with representatives from the Ministry of National Security and Justice, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Defense Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jamaican Customs Service and other governmental agencies to help combat the world wide drug problem. Further information concerning DEA may be found on the Department of Justice Website.