Agents based out of the DEA’s Colorado Springs Resident Office are tasked with the challenge of keeping local drug dealers and traffickers off the city streets, while at the same time going after the bigger fish who are responsible for international drug trafficking through the region and those producing wholesale quantities of illegal drugs in the rural areas of the state. Colorado Springs mirrors the statewide statistics showing marijuana as the most widely abused drug, followed by stimulants such as methamphetamine.
Recent DEA Take Downs in Colorado Springs
29 people were arrested and $1.4 million was seized in a recent Colorado Springs DEA operation targeting the local operations of a Mexican-based drug cartel. An additional four pounds of heroin, 13 pounds of cocaine, and 30 pounds of meth were seized in the operation that is part of a joint U.S.-Mexico investigation resulting in 2,266 arrests so far.
Over the course of two recent days, state and local law enforcement teams led by the DEA dismantled a major Colorado Springs drug trafficking organization. 15 suspects were arrested in the two-day operation, bringing the total number of people facing charges to 36. This was the culmination of a 14-month investigation that saw the ultimate seizure of 14 pounds of highly-enriched meth, 13 kilos of cocaine, four ounces of heroin, guns, and vehicles. The total value of assets seized including cash was estimated to be over $610,000.
DEA agents based out of Colorado Springs recently netted 19 suspects, eight of whom were under the age of 21, stemming from a year-long investigation into heroin trafficking and dealing. As a result law enforcement authorities seized at total of two pounds of heroin, two vehicles, three handguns, three ounces of cocaine, and $14.5 thousand in cash. Police involved in the investigation said some of those arrested were rumored to be selling heroin to local high school students.
Jobs and Careers as a DEA Agent in Colorado Springs
The process of how to become a DEA special agent requires potential candidates to meet a series of initial requirements. These include training and/or education prerequisites that can be fulfilled by meeting at least one of the following:
- Prior experience in law/drug enforcement including:
- Suspect apprehension and detention
- Preparation of evidence for presentation in court
- Undercover and surveillance operations
- A BA with at least a 2.95 GPA, or an MA, LL.B, or JD
- Three years of experience in a strategic field with related coursework and a BA degree, including:
- Foreign languages
- Pilot’s license
- Information Systems
Education in Strategic Fields
The State of Colorado offers over a dozen federal, state, and private colleges and universities, not to mention online education institutions, that offer bachelor, master, and law degrees in fields identified as strategic by the DEA. It is never too late to begin preparations for a successful and competitive application for DEA jobs and careers.