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Archive for June 24th, 2022

DEA Recruiting Hundreds of Agents Nationwide As Priorities Evolve

By Steve Neavling

The DEA is searching for hundreds of new agents as synthetic drugs such as fentanyl are killing Americans at an alarming rate.  

“We need to hire the next generation of the best and brightest to help us combat this drug threat that’s going to be ever-changing,” Rob Murphy, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Atlanta office, said, according to WGCL/Gray News. “I can’t even imagine what the next 20 years is going to look like.”

The goal is to reach full capacity of about 5,000 agents. 

The role of the DEA is changing as drugs evolve. 

“I think we’re going to see an end of the plant-based drug threat and we’re going to see more of the synthetics, which is much more dangerous, it’s obviously more addictive,” he said. “Obviously we’re seeing the outcome with fentanyl, easy to make and way more profitable for the cartels and I think that’s where we’re headed in the future.”

Getting a job at the DEA is not easy. Only one of 20 applicants land a job at the agency. 

“It’s the number one vital moment in the agent hiring process to pass the assessment because if you can’t pass the physical task assessment, you can’t move on through the hiring process,” Special Agent Geoff Furman, the recruiter for the DEA Atlanta Division, said. “The division covers Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Federal Agents Search Home of Trump DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark

Jeffrey Clark

By Steve Neavling

Federal agents on Wednesday searched the Virginia home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who is accused of pressuring top prosecutors to challenge the 2020 election results, The New York Times reports.

The focus of the search wasn’t immediately clear. But it came one day after the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol focused on former President Trump’s role in strong-arming the Justice Department to overturn the election results. 

On Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday, Clark claimed the investigation was “highly politicized.”

“We’re living in an era I don’t recognize,” he said.

At one point, Trump had considered firing acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and replacing him with Clark.

Also this week, the Justice Department subpoenaed Trump supporters who were involved in a fraudulent elector scheme aimed at overturning the election.