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Mission of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency
Mission: The Department of Public Safety’s Drug Enforcement Agency’s mission is to reduce the distribution, availability and use of illicit drugs through a collaborative statewide drug enforcement effort. The MDEA serves the public with integrity and dedication through the effective and efficient management of resources.
Philosophy: We seek to have a drug-free Maine thereby improving the quality of life in our State through the ethical leadership and development of our employees, while upholding and respecting the constitutional rights of all people.
Goals: The MDEA’s goals are to: reduce the availability of illicit drugs; strengthen state drug law enforcement structure; protect the state’s borders by stemming the flow of drugs into and through Maine; strengthen intelligence and information sharing; enhance collaboration and coordination with all law enforcement agencies; and establish effective partnerships with the legislature and other state agencies.
Organization: Bureau structure providing for the multi-jurisdictional administrative function is comprised of three State employees – Director and two (2) secretary positions.
The MDEA has two field divisions that are responsible for the investigation of drug distribution activity. As of 31 December, the core of this effort is staffed by 40 sworn personnel comprised of 2 commanders, 8 task force supervisors and 33 task force investigators. Both divisions are supported by a central evidence facility to which one agent is assigned
Division II is lead by a Commander and 4 task force investigative supervisors managing 14 task force investigators responsible for operations north of Kennebec County the coast and Canadian border with four regional task forces. In addition, 4 departments assign officers part-time on a case-by-case basis to work jointly on drug enforcement operations of mutual interest.
Program: The MDEA’s mission is to disrupt the drug market, thereby undermining the ability of drug suppliers to meet, expand, and profit from drug demand while supporting prevention efforts and contributing to treatment efforts. Its goals are to: reduce availability of drugs; protect the State’s borders by stemming the flow of drugs into and through Maine; strengthen the State’s drug law enforcement infrastructure; strengthen intelligence and information sharing; enhance collaboration and coordination with all law enforcement agencies; and establish effective partnerships within state government.
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