The city of Mobile, Alabama is situated on the Gulf of Mexico and is one of the largest cities in the state. Since Mobile is a major port, and a major population center, there are many unique challenges Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents working out of the Mobile office face when enforcing drug laws.
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The largest drug problems in the greater Mobile area are marijuana and cocaine (both in crack and powder form.) Prescription pills like Oxycontin and Percocet are increasingly becoming the drug of choice among addicts in the area – especially among youth – while crystal meth continues to be the biggest issue in the rural areas that surround the Mobile metropolitan area.
It is the responsibility of the DEA in Mobile to perform operations that curb drug selling and drug trafficking in the area. These operations ultimately help curb drug abuse among residents in Mobile, saving the city from the many social ills that are linked to drug abuse.
DEA Activity in Mobile
The following are examples of the types of operations that the DEA in Mobile performs, as they are operations and busts that the agents have done in the past:
- November 2012: Alabama State Troopers, with help from local Mobile law enforcement and the Mobile DEA, made a large drug bust when a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a large drug smuggling ring. In total, more than 24 kilos of cocaine were found, as well as 295 grams of codeine syrup, which is becoming one of the most popular types of prescription medication abused in the Mobile area.
- August 2012: Two Mobile residents were arrested in connection with a drug bust that netted more than 23 grams of heroin. The heroin was determined to be from Mexico and it is believed that the Mobile residents had ties to a Mexican drug cartel that was smuggling drugs and selling them to residents in the area.
Mobile DEA Jobs and Careers
Learning how to become a DEA agent in Mobile starts with meeting basic requirements specific to education and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.95 GPA, or a LL. B., master’s or J.D. degree (no GPA requirement)
- Extensive experience in performing drug bust operations, including experience with surveillance, making arrests and testifying in court
- Three years of experience developing specialized skills in areas such as engineering, accounting/auditing, airplane or ship captaining, or fluency in a foreign language and a bachelor’s degree (no GPA requirement)