DEA, Abroad Again

Twenty years ago, the Drug Enforcement Agency began sending paramilitary teams abroad, to conduct “counter-drug” operations at the source.  These efforts, begun during the Reagan administration and known as Operation Snowcap, ended in 1994, after a plane crash in Peru killed five DEA agents.

It turns out the DEA teams were revived and have been back in action for more than five years, in Afghanistan.  Known as FAST — “Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams” — the agents seem to be involved in rather more than giving advice.  Interestingly, although the DEA is part of the Justice Department, the FAST teams are largely funded and supported by the Pentagon.

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