Review of the Drug Enforcement Administrationís Custodial Accountability for Evidence Held at the Field Divisions

Report Number I-2004-003
January 2004



The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Evaluation and Inspections Division is initiating a review of the accountability controls used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to protect seized drugs and cash placed in DEA facilities for analysis and safekeeping. The purpose of the review is to assess the adequacy of DEA controls for the receipt, security, and final disposition of seized drugs and cash.

This survey refers to chain-of-custody problems for drug evidence and cash seized either during DEA-controlled investigations or submitted into the DEA's custody by other Federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies. Please consider the following:

Note: We are not reviewing seized drug evidence chain-of-custody problems attributed to the DEA's forensic laboratories' chain-of-custody.