Campaign Promises

Departments -> Justice -> DEA

JU-25 The Promise: "Will strengthen Drug Enforcement Administration efforts to stop the reestablishment of drug gangs across the region."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Rebuilding the Gulf Coast and Preventing Future Catastrophes" dated 09/11/08.
Status:The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was funded (less any supplement) in the amount of $1.544B in FY2009 to combat domestic, drug-related organized crime. Under the Obama Administration, this was increased by nearly half a billion dollars to $1.604B in FY2010, an amount maintained for FY2011 under Continuing Resolution funding. For FY2012, this line item was slightly decreased to $1.602M, the same amount enacted for FY2013.

Subsequent year funding for Domestic Enforcement operations was as follows:

The DEA's Domestic Enforcement resources were significantly "strengthened" in Gulf of Mexico littoral states to thwart the re-establishment of drug gangs in the post-Katrina era. This was despite the fact that critical resources in the fight against narco-trafficking across the Gulf region took a direct hit with the 9/30/12 decommissioning of the Navy's Airborne Early Warning (AEW) squadron (VAW-77) stationed at Belle Chase, LA. This squadron had been effective in supporting DEA's mission by detecting the movement by sea and air of illicit drugs destined for the Southeast USA from the Caribbean and Latin America.

Nonetheless, this promise was fulfilled.