Designated Immigration Agents Authorized to Participate in Drug Enforcement

An agreement is reached to limit drug trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move intended to end the turf war between the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By Josh Meyer June 19, 2009

“In an effort to plug a hole in U.S.-Mexico drug enforcement, the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced an agreement Thursday that will give designated immigration agents expanded powers to pursue drug investigations.”

The agreement will allow an “unlimited” number of ICE agents to be cross-designated as DEA agents, giving them the authority to investigate suspected drug smugglers at the border and internationally — a prerogative that in the past has been jealously guarded by the DEA.

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