Gainesville, located in North Central Florida, is home to the University of Florida (one of the largest universities in the nation). This large Florida city, like so many others, is not immune to the drug problem in Florida.
- Grand Canyon University - B.S. in Justice Studies and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- SNHU - A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminology, and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
- Michigan State University - Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Saint Joseph's University - Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Gainesville’s prime proximity to a number of other large Florida cities, including Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee, makes this city a hot spot for drug trafficking and distribution, as is evident upon studying recent headlines to originate out of Gainesville:
- June 2012: The DEA and Florida police arrested 14 individuals involved in an oxycodone “pill mill” operation that was operating on a statewide level. The investigation, in fact, uncovered pill mill operations in no less than 7 clinics throughout Florida, in places such as Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, Miami, Pensacola, and Gainesville.
- November 2012: A Gainesville woman was charged with growing marijuana in her house. The bust, which was headed by the DEA, uncovered 25 marijuana plants and more than two pounds of marijuana.
- April 2012: Five men throughout Hall County (Gainesville) were arrested for marijuana trafficking. The arrest which involved the DEA, the FBI, and several state and local law enforcement agencies, uncovered more than 100 packages of marijuana, which had a street value of more than $3 million.
How to Become a DEA Agent in Gainesville by Meeting Requirements
Individuals who want to work toward DEA careers in Gainesville must be U.S. citizens, they must have a valid driver’s license and they must be in good physical condition. The DEA only seeks candidates with a bachelor’s degree at minimum with outstanding scholastic performance, or a bachelor’s degree plus specific skill sets, such as engineering, accounting, telecommunications, and foreign languages (among others).
Those with backgrounds in law enforcement, undercover operations, and investigative work may qualify without a degree.
More information can be found by visiting the DEA website or by contacting the Gainesville Resident Office at 352-371-2077.