Behind the Badges - Meet the DEA

DAISETTA November 30, 2018 - On Monday, November 19, 2018, the Daisetta Police Department hosted it's 6th gathering of the "Behind the Badges" series at the Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Fire Department in Daisetta.  The program is designed to introduce municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors, to the public in an effort to exhibit the various services and methods that different agencies employ to accomplish their specific missions in serving the public.  The “Behind the Badges” series of meetings are also used to showcase the variety of techniques and varied specialized approaches that all agencies utilize to work together and achieve the common goal of law enforcement.

"I believe the program has done a lot of good for our community thus far," said Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish.  "Citizens have had the opportunity to attend meetings where they've been able to observe presentations given by Texas Rangers, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Liberty County Pct #2 Constable's Office, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and we were very pleased to feature the United States Drug Enforcement Administration during the most recent meeting.  Citizens have also had the opportunity to ask a myriad of questions of all of these agencies and it's been great to see the response.  We've been very pleased with the program and I hope we will be able to continue and possibly even expand it, making it available to people throughout the county within their own communities."

This week's meeting featured the United States Drug Enforcement Administration with a presentation delivered by Assistant Special Agent in Charge Stephen Jenkins of the DEA Houston Division.

Agent Jenkins communicated that 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.

Agent Jenkins conveyed that, in carrying out its mission as the agency responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States, the DEA's primary responsibilities include investigation and preparation for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and international levels.  Investigation and preparation for prosecution of criminals and drug gangs who perpetrate violence in our communities and terrorize citizens through fear and intimidation.  Management of a national drug intelligence program in cooperation with federal, state, local, and foreign officials to collect, analyze, and disseminate strategic and operational drug intelligence information.  Seizure and forfeiture of assets derived from, traceable to, or intended to be used for illicit drug trafficking.  Enforcement of the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act as they pertain to the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances. Coordination and cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement officials on mutual drug enforcement efforts and enhancement of such efforts through exploitation of potential interstate and international investigations beyond local or limited federal jurisdictions and resources.  Coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, and with foreign governments, in programs designed to reduce the availability of illicit abuse-type drugs on the United States market through nonenforcement methods such as crop eradication, crop substitution, and training of foreign officials. Responsibility, under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassadors, for all programs associated with drug law enforcement counterparts in foreign countries.  Liaison with the United Nations, Interpol, and other organizations on matters relating to international drug control programs.

Agent Jenkins stated, “Illegal narcotics entering the United States are seized on a daily basis.  It’s just something that continues to occur regardless of the amount of narcotics and cash seized from couriers.  The best way to hurt the cartels is to continue to seize their drugs and assets.”

Jenkins said that the DEA routinely works with municipal, county, state, and other federal agencies to combat the flow of illegal narcotics, seize assets, and apprehend drug traffickers within the United States and around the globe.

“When investigating drug trafficking cases, the thing that seems to hinder small agencies the most is the fact that most small agencies simply don’t have the resources required to see large-scale investigations through to the end,” said Chief Parrish. “This is why the DEA is of such importance to agencies like the Daisetta Police Department.  These agents are always just a phone call away and have access to almost unlimited resources including laboratory analysis, operational funds, specialized equipment, manpower, expertise and so much more.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with the DEA on many occasions over the past 26 years of my career and I certainly expect to continue this great working relationship in the future.  I sincerely appreciate the DEA and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Stephen Jenkins for participating in the "Behind the Badges" series and being a part of our community.”

To learn more about the United States Drug Enforcement Administration please visit the official website at

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