Drug Enforcement Administration Intelligence

600-700 Army-Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia
DEA Headquarters

Drug Enforcement Administration Intelligence is a division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and a member of the Intelligence Community located in Arlington, Virginia. The DEA is responsible for enforcing the controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States. DEA’s Intelligence Program helps initiate new investigations of major drug organizations, strengthens ongoing investigations and subsequent prosecutions, develops information that leads to seizures and arrests, and provides policy-makers with drug trend information upon which programmatic decisions can be based.


DEA’s Intelligence Program consists of several entities that are staffed by both Intelligence Analysts and Special Agents: Intelligence groups/functions in the domestic field divisions, district, resident, and foreign offices; the El Paso Intelligence Center; and the Intelligence Division at DEA Headquarters.


The DEA divides drug intelligence into three broad categories: tactical, investigative, and strategic.

-Tactical intelligence is evaluated information on which immediate enforcement action–arrests, seizures, and interdictions–can be based.
-Investigative intelligence provides analytical support to investigations and prosecutions to dismantle criminal organizations and gain resources.
-Strategic intelligence focuses on the current picture of drug trafficking from cultivation to distribution that can be used for management decision making, resource deployment, and policy planning.


The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) is an all threats center with a focus on the Western Hemisphere, and a particular emphasis on the Southwest border, that leverages the authorities and expertise of its partners to deliver informed intelligence.


EPIC has grown from an environment consisting of three law enforcement (LE) agencies to what is now, a center comprised of over 20 agencies who share a common quest: identify threats to the Nation, with an emphasis on the Southwest border. EPIC offers tactical, operational and strategic intelligence support to Federal, State, local, tribal, and international law enforcement organizations. The center provides access to LE systems with the opportunity to collaborate daily through exchanges with LE analysts and operators, as well as routine engagement with our Federal, State, local, tribal, and international partners.

Arriving at DEA Headquarters
The closest airport is Reagan National Airport located 3 miles from headquarters.

Base Population
There are over 10,000 military service members, special agents, and support professionals, such as intelligence analysts, language specialists, scientists, and information technology specialists employed by the DEA.  Approximately 700 DEA personnel are members of the DEA Intelligence Program.