Department of Homeland Security and Research Paper

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S. Customs and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services were combined to form U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Overall, DHS incorporates 22 government agencies. The major agencies of DHS are the TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services, ICE, FEMA, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard (Borja).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was formed on July 1, 1973 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Former drug enforcement related agencies are the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement. The parent agency of the DEA is the U.S. Department of Justice. The DEA is the lead agency for domestic enforcement under the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA's primary goal is to combat drug smuggling and use within the U.S. The DEA shares jurisdiction with the FBI and ICE and shares communications systems with the Department of Defense.
DEA divisions include an Aviation Division located in Fort Worth, TX; Mobile Enforcement Teams (MET) that are designed to target and dismantle drug trafficking and urban violence with the cooperation of local authorities. The MET focuses their effort in rural and smaller urban communities that are "deficient in law enforcement resources." The DEA's Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team (FAST) has one team stationed in Afghanistan conducting Counter Narcotics, Counter Terrorism, and Direct Action missions. Four other teams are located in Quantico, VA. FAST was originally created to conduct missions in Afghanistan but evolved into the global action arm of the U.S. Department of Justice and the DEA (DEA History).

Works Cited

Borja, Elizabeth. "Brief Documentary History of the Department of Homeland Security

2001-2008." Department of Homeland Security….....

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