The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is tasked with enforcing the Controlled Substances Act as well as investigating high level domestic and international narcotics traffickers. Established in 1973, this anti-drug agency combined the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and Customs’ drug agents to provide exclusive enforcement of federal drug laws. With the direct cooperation of state and local partners, the Task Force Program is one of the most productive ways that DEA enforces these laws.
The Sparks Police Department participates in a local DEA task Force by staffing it with one detective from our department. Participation in this task force provides local law enforcement with Federal investigative resources we would normally not have access to. Local detectives bring local expertise and familiarity with the region to the task force. This partnership increases our investigative capabilities to address larger drug shipments into our area.