Drug Enforcement Administration

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Office of Financial Operations (FO) provides guidance to DEA’s domestic and foreign offices, as well as international law enforcement agencies, on issues relating to all aspects of financial investigations. FO works in conjunction with DEA offices, foreign counterparts, and other agencies to effectively identify the financial infrastructure supporting drug trafficking organizations and provide its financial expertise to fully dismantle and disrupt all aspects of these criminal organizations. Additionally, FO facilitates cooperation between countries, resulting in the identification and prosecution of drug money laundering organizations as well as the seizure of assets and the denial of revenue. FO regularly briefs and educates United States diplomats, foreign government officials, and military and law enforcement counterparts regarding the latest trends in money laundering, narco-terrorism financing, international banking, offshore corporations, international wire transfers of funds, and financial investigations.

FO conducts international training for foreign counterparts to share strategic ideas and promote effective techniques in financial investigations. During 2015, FO provided training on basic money laundering, trade based money laundering, undercover financial operations, basic financial investigations, and financial intelligence to Peruvian law enforcement in Lima, Peru; Dutch, Belgian, French, Spanish, and Italian law enforcement in Deauville, France; Australian law enforcement in Manly and Canberra, Australia; the Royal Thailand Police in Bangkok, Thailand; as well as the Senegalese Gendarmerie in Dakar, Senegal on the development of money laundering profiles and risk assessment strategies and programs.