FBI Transfers 400 Agents From Narcotics to War On Terrorism

Washington, DC: FBI director Robert Mueller announced this week that drug law enforcement can no longer be a top priority for the agency, due to increased demands in the areas of anti-terrorism and corporate corruption. As a result, he is transferring 400 agents from narcotics enforcement to anti-terrorism. There are currently 11,324 agents in the FBI.

“(Sept. 11) has required us to look at our resources and make hard choices,” Mueller said. “That is the bottom line — for us to participate (in drug law enforcement), but not in the ways we have in the past.”

Mueller listed stopping terrorist attacks, counterintelligence, and protecting the nation’s computer networks as the top three FBI priorities. He also listed corporate crime investigations as another major draw on FBI resources.

For additional details, contact Allen St. Pierre at (202) 483-8751.