Tuesday, October 05, 2004
FBI Cuts Back on Drug Enforcement
A "redacted and unclassified" report (150 page pdf, here) from the Inspector General's Audit Division was recently released, examining the reprioritization of agents and other resources in the FBI following September 11. The drug numbers come bundled with organized crime numbers, so one can't be certain, but it looks as if there has been a pretty substantial shift of FBI agents away from anti-drug work. The investigative classifications having the largest absolute declines in agents between 2000 and 2003 are all drug-related: Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force -- Mexican Organizations is down 123 agents; Organized Crime / Drug Investigations -- Mexican Organizations is down 119 agents; and, Organized Crime / Drug Investigations -- La Cosa Nostra and Italian Organizations has seen a decline of 103 agents. Many more versions of Organized Crime/ Drug Investigations also saw a manpower decline, for a total fall in this category of 767 agents. (See especially page 80 of the report.) The report notes (p. 1) that at the end of May, 2004, the FBI employed a total of 12,031 agents.
Thanks to Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy for the pointer.