The city of San Antonio, Texas is the tenth-largest city in the United States, which makes it a huge target for drug smugglers, dealers and traffickers. Because of San Antonio’s location (near the Mexico border and in the center of the state of Texas) it is a prime location for criminals looking to bring drugs into the city, and for traffickers looking to transport drugs to other locations across the country where drugs are in demand. The San Antonio division of the Drug Enforcement Agency is responsible for stopping drug trafficking and dealing in the area and is under the control of the larger DEA office in Houston.
The largest drug problems in the city of San Antonio are marijuana, prescription drugs and crack cocaine, but there has been an alarming rise in heroin use in the city as well. Most of the drugs are trafficked into the area through the Mexico border by the various Mexican drug cartels that pretty much own all of the major drug corridors in the state.
The following is a list of some of the most recent drug busts conducted by the DEA in the city of San Antonio, Texas:
- October 2012: The San Antonio DEA arrested two suspects in connection with a black tar heroin drug bust. The arrest was made near the popular drug trafficking corridor where Interstate-10 and Interstate-37 intersect. There was so much heroin located in the suspects’ home that police officers were not able to confirm the amount on the scene.
- May 2012: After 3 years of investigation, the DEA destroyed a drug operation in the city. During the bust, DEA agents seized $8 million worth of cocaine, $2 million in cash and $4 million in assets related to the selling of the drugs. In the end, 22 suspects were arrested, spread throughout the Southern half of the state and were all connected to a powerful and violent drug cartel operating out of Mexico.
San Antonio DEA Hiring Process
For applicants looking to work with the San Antonio DEA there are a variety of jobs, including the following:
- Special Agents
- Diversion Specialists
- Intelligence Researchers
- Forensic Scientists
In order to obtain a career with the DEA, there are a series of requirements the applicant must meet, as well as extensive training in a certain field. When considering how to become an agent with the DEA, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Must be 21 years of age and a United States citizen
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Must be willing to relocate to any DEA office in the country
- Must be in excellent physical condition
As well as those basic requirements, applicants must also have one of the following sets of experience:
- Must have a Bachelor’s Degree with a 2.95 GPA or a LL. B. or J.D. Degree
- Must have specialized experience with drug and narcotics investigations
- Must have at least 3 years experience in maritime/ pilot operations, accounting/ auditing, military, technical/ mechanical duties or fluency in a foreign language