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How to Become a DEA Agent in Newark, New Jersey by Meeting Requirements

The complex highway system in New Jersey and its proximity to New York City makes curtailing drug trafficking in Newark a challenge for DEA officials, who operate in partnership with other federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals.

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How to Become a DEA Agent in Newark Through Training

Individuals seeking Newark DEA jobs must be U.S. citizens, they must be between the ages of 21 and 36, and they must possess a valid driver’s license. All eligible candidates for DEA jobs in Newark must expect to follow a strict employment process, which includes taking and passing a drug test, a polygraph examination, a written assessment, a psychological assessment, and a thorough background investigation.

Education requirements for Newark DEA jobs are also quite stringent, as all candidates must have at least one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.9
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience in a specialized field, such as accounting, maritime/pilot, engineering, foreign language, or telecommunications
  • A master’s degree, JD degree, or LLB degree
  • Experience conducting drug/narcotics investigations; conducting surveillance and other undercover operations; or organizing evidence for court proceedings or for prosecution officials

Newark DEA Jobs Highlighted by Recent Drug Crimes in Newark

The challenges faced by Newark DEA professionals are highlighted when viewing recent illicit drug-related headlines:

  • January 2013: An individual working in an oxycodone manufacturing facility was charged with stealing more than 8,591 pills from the facility. The stolen pills had a value of between $170,000 and $250,000.
  • January 2013: A resident of Queens, New York, was sentenced for his involvement in a heroin conspiracy that distributed the drug throughout New Jersey. This sentence was just one of 20 involved in the heroin distribution conspiracy. To date, more than 7 kilograms of heroin with a street value of $450,000 has been seized.
  • October 2011: A Newark individual was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy. The individual was charged with distributing more than 3 kilograms of heroin throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • June 2012: A Newark individual was sentenced for distributing large amounts of heroin throughout the state.
  • May 2012: Two New Jersey residents were indicted for their role in a multi-million-dollar cocaine distribution conspiracy. The investigation resulted in the seizure of about 40 kilograms of cocaine and about $3 million in cash.
  • August 2012: A narcotics traffickers was extradited from Columbia to New Jersey and charged with importing more than 8 tons of cocaine into the United States in just one shipment.

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