Drug Enforcement Administration
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the lead U.S. Federal agency responsible for the investigation of narcotics and precursor chemicals used in manufacturing illicit drugs. The DEA has two offices in Turkey. The offices are located in Ankara and Istanbul. DEA Turkey's area of responsibility includes Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and Georgia.
The primary mission of DEA Turkey is to disrupt, dismantle and destroy major narcotics trafficking organizations which produce, transport, and distributre illegal drugs destined for the United States and other international markets. The supply reduction priority for DEA Turkey is heroin, precursor chemicals used in the production of heroin, and morphine base. DEA Turkey also investigates how illegal drug proceeds are laundered worldwide.
The secondary mission of DEA Turkey is to assist foreign Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in their counter-narcotic efforts. This support includes technical assistance, logistical support and training. Training on a regional level is accomplished with financial assistance from the State Department (INL). In-country training is provided by the DEA International Training Unit based in Quantico, Virginia.
DEA Turkey maintains a good working relationship with law enforcement counterparts throughout the region. A similar relationship exists with other Drug Liaison Officers (DLO) asssigned to Turkey from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Netherlands, Iran, Belgium and other countries. The Turkish National Police (TNP), Customs, and Gendarme are extremely cooperative in the area of drug law enforcement and work to support all drug liaison officers in their efforts to monitor regional drug trafficking.
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