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Diversion Investigator

A Diversion Investigator (DI) is a specialist responsible for addressing the problem of diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and regulated chemicals from the legitimate channels in which they are manufactured, distributed and dispensed. The mission of a DI is to aid the pharmaceutical and chemical industries in complying with the CSA and other pertinent acts, as well as international treaties and conventions. DIs conduct investigations to uncover and investigate suspected sources of diversion and take appropriate criminal, civil and/or administrative actions.

In order to accomplish this mission, a wide range of work activities is employed. One such activity is the scheduled investigation of registered handlers of controlled substances. These investigations serve to deter diversion through evaluation of the registrants’ record-keeping procedures, security safeguards and general compliance with the CSA and implementing regulations. Legitimate handlers of controlled substances subject to investigation are drug manufacturers, distributors, importers and exporters, and narcotic treatment programs.

Most recently, there has been a growing push to investigate diversion of controlled substances involving the use of the Internet. The rapidly changing environment and an increase in Internet diversion of controlled substances has created a need for programs to target these sources of diversion.

Frequently, DIs are involved in investigations aimed at the most serious registrant violators of controlled substances laws and regulations. These registrants have a documented or suspected history of diversion of drugs/chemicals into the illicit market. DIs collect and analyze information developed during their investigation and consult with supervisory personnel to determine if criminal prosecution is warranted. DIs work closely with DEA Special Agents and state and local law enforcement officers who provide assistance in making undercover purchases and executing search warrants. DIs also work closely with attorneys for DEA, the United States Attorneys Office and state and local prosecutors. DIs are required to testify as to the results of their investigations during criminal trials, Grand Jury proceedings and administrative hearings.

The job of a DEA Diversion Investigator involves maintaining liaison with all levels of the drug and chemical registrant population. DIs will often answer questions registrants have concerning their responsibilities under the CSA.

Many DIs also become involved in their office’s demand reduction and community out-reach programs.

Foreign-based DIs are experts in legal and regulatory matters pertaining to narcotics, psychotropic substances, and regulated chemicals. They serve as advisors/consultants to foreign host governments in establishing anti-diversion programs.

Occupation Summary taken from the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration Web Site]

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