The basic mission of Law Enforcement and Investigations (LE&I) is public and employee safety, resource protection, enforcement of US Criminal Law, and to provide enforcement expertise to other agency managers. The National Forest System Drug Control Act of 1986, as amended in 1988, and Title 16 of the United States Code (U.S.C.), provides authorization to the Forest Service (FS) for law enforcement activities relating to the Controlled Substance Act and Title 21 U.S.C. Subsequently, officers of the FS are charged with performing drug enforcement duties on National Forest System (NFS) lands or in areas with a nexus to NFS lands.
Addressing these public safety and resource protection issues, and reducing the domestic supply of illegal controlled substances is essential. The FS is working in conjunction with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in meeting the goals as outlined in the National Drug Control Strategy. The FS uses multiple resources from both the regular military and from National Guard units around the country. This support is critical to its overall mission in drug enforcement.
LE&I is involved with ONDCP’s domestic program of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). Its involvement with this effective program of multi-agency task forces from Federal, State, and local agencies will increase to meet the demands of the ever widening drug problem on NFS lands.
Drug enforcement efforts by personnel of the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations, will continue to be aimed at stopping the illegal cultivation of marijuana, preventing the establishment of clandestine laboratories, and curtailing the smuggling of controlled substances across all NFS lands. It will remain the leader in domestic drug enforcement on this country’s public lands.