Drug Enforcement Administration fights criminals with intelligence

Tuesday - 6/29/2010, 11:47am EDT

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July 8, 2010 -- When you think of the intelligence community, the Drug Enforcement Administration may not ring a bell. But it should.

Today's guest played an instrumental role in readmitting the DEA back into the 17-member Intelligence Community.

Tony Placido, DEA Chief of Intelligence, manages a workforce of about 900 intelligence analysts whose job includes following leads on worldwide drug activity. In some cases, this activity may be tied to terrorism.

Our discussion includes:
  • How the intelligence unit fits into DEA's mission
  • Information-sharing activities with federal, state and local partners
  • Plans for hiring