Cheyenne lies at a crossroads between the two major interstates I-80 and I-25, as well as several highways. DEA agents at the Cheyenne Resident Office must interdict shipments of illegal drugs passing through the city, as well as fight local drug abuse by Cheyenne residents. Statewide, most people are in drug treatment for marijuana abuse, followed by stimulants such as methamphetamine. Careers with the DEA give citizens the chance to be actively involved in the fight to keep dangerous drugs away from the children and communities of the United States and Cheyenne.
DEA Cases in Cheyenne
DEA agents based out of the Cheyenne Resident Office recently wrapped up an investigation of a methamphetamine drug ring responsible for delivering multiple pounds of the drug from Denver to Cheyenne for distribution in the area. Nine people were ultimately arrested, one of whom fired shots at an officer during a routine traffic stop. During the course of the investigation it was revealed the members of this drug ring routinely carried guns during drug deals.
A historic DEA case took place in Cheyenne, when agents arrested a man responsible for importing the largest-ever amount of cocaine into the United States to have been seized at that time. 384 pounds of the drug were found in an airplane the man and two accomplices had flown to Florida. After posting bail the suspect faked his death by leaving his bullet-riddled car in a rest area shortly before he was due to be sentenced. However DEA agents knew he had a vehicle stored in a Cheyenne warehouse, and set up a silent alarm that would notify them when the garage was opened. When the alarm went off agents moved in and arrested the suspect in downtown Cheyenne.
In a recent major operation involving Cheyenne DEA agents, 23 methamphetamine labs were seized, 63 pounds of the stimulant were confiscated, and 60 people were arrested across the region. In recent times Mexican-produced meth has outpaced that produced locally due in part to the U.S.’s banning of key ingredients involved in the manufacture of the drug, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. 2010 statistics show that statewide in Wyoming, more than twice as many people sought treatment for addiction to meth and other stimulants than for prescription drugs and other opiates including heroin.
DEA Jobs in Cheyenne
There are several initial requirements prospective agents must meet before applying for DEA jobs and careers. The process of how to become a DEA agent is not easy and designed to admit only the top-qualifying candidates. Prerequisites including having appropriate training or education, meeting at least one of the following requirements:
- Previous drug or law enforcement experience such as:
- Preparation and collection of evidence in cooperation with prosecutors
- Apprehension and arrest of suspects
- Surveillance and undercover operations
- B.A. degree with at least a 2.95 GPA, M.A., LL.B., or J.D.
- B.A. with at least three years of experience and related coursework in a strategic area:
- Information systems
- Foreign languages
- Nigerian dialects
- Mandarin/Cantonese Chinese
- Balkan languages
- Maritime captain or pilot’s license
Education in Strategic Fields
Jobs and Careers with the DEA start by meeting the minimum requirements. There are at least three public, private, and online higher education institutions offering B.A.s and more in areas identified as strategic by the DEA. Those interested can contact a DEA recruiter or campus career adviser for additional advice about jobs with the federal agency.