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Drug Enforcement Administration (U.S.)


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[Flag of DEA] image by Joe McMillan, 8 December 2001

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Description of the flag

A white flag with the agency logo centered.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) "is a United States federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice. It was established on July 1, 1973, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973. It proposed the creation of a single federal agency to enforce the federal drug laws as well as consolidate and coordinate the government's drug control activities. Congress accepted the proposal, as they were concerned with the growing availability of drugs. As a result, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD, established by 3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1968, submitted to Congress on February 7, 1968 and effective April 8, 1968, as a subsidiary of the United States Department of Justice, combining the Bureau of Narcotics) from the United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC, established on February 1, 1966 until it was merged in 1968 with the FBN, Federal Bureau of Narcotics, itself established in the Department of the Treasury by an Act of June 14, 1930 consolidating the functions of the Federal Narcotics Control Board and the Narcotic Division; these older bureaus were established to assume enforcement responsibilities assigned to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, 1914 and the Narcotic Drugs Import and Export Act, 1922, aka "Jones-Miller Act")) from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Food and Drug Administration into one agency; the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE, established in January 1972); the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence (ONNI, established in August 1972); approximately 600 Special Agents of the Bureau of Customs, Customs Agency Service, and other federal offices merged to create the DEA.

The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and to bring criminal and civil justice systems of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations, and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of and demand for illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets

It has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing US drug investigations both domestic and abroad."


The variant featured a white background flag, with the DEA's Special Agent Badge (

[Flag of DEA]

Image cropped image from video: at 9:24, in an actual interview with a DEA Special Agent).

For additional information go to DEA (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 11 February 2019

​This is not the official agency flag that I've seen used in formal presentations and ceremonies.
Dave Fowler, 11 February 2019

Flag with badge

[Flag of DEA] image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 February 2011

In a TV interview with once of the agency officials recently I saw a different flag, white with the agency's badge bearing the initials DEA (furled and not entirely visible, so here reproduced only very approximately.
Eugene Ipavec, 12 February 2011