Methamphetamine has a firm grip on Minneapolis, which has opened the doors to a variety of similar illegal drug problems, as well. Cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs are also problematic in this part of the country.
Methamphetamine and Minneapolis: A Deadly Combination
Recent DEA headlines out of Minneapolis speak to the widespread methamphetamine epidemic that has DEA and state and local enforcement professionals beefing up their efforts and investigations throughout Minneapolis:
- November 2012: “Operation Heat Wave,” which was overseen by the DEA, the Rochester Police Department, the South Eastern Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, and the United States Marshals Service, resulted in a number of warrants and arrests among individuals believed involved in selling and distributing methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, and crack cocaine.
- February 2012: The DEA announced the indictment of five individuals for the distribution of methamphetamine in Northern Minnesota. The individuals in this case were charged with possession and with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. If convicted, the individuals could face up to 40 years in prison.
- November 2012: A Minneapolis resident was sentenced in federal court for leading an organization that distributed cocaine and marijuana throughout Minnesota between 2005 and 2010. The individual was also sentenced for money laundering. In addition to the DEA, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations agency, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Washington County Drug Task Force, as well as a number of local police departments, worked together on this multi-year investigation. To date, this investigation has resulted in numerous arrests, the seizure of more than $2 million in assets, $800,000 in cash, and more than $700,000 in jewelry.
How to Become a DEA Agent in Minneapolis by Meeting Requirements
Individuals who want to learn how to become a DEA agent in Minneapolis through training should understand that the best place to begin is with a comprehensive education. Although the DEA considers applicants without post-secondary educations, provided they have extensive experience in law enforcement, investigations, undercover operations, etc., those without prior experience are best served to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, as the DEA’s minimum education requirements include, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.9 GPA, or a master’s degree, JD degree or LLB degree.
Further, minimum requirements for Minneapolis DEA jobs include the successful completion of a DEA drug test; a polygraph examination; a number of written tests; and a psychological assessment.