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DEA Now Taking Drug Trafficking Tips Via Text

The New England division launches an initiative to give community members an anonymous and easy way to help clean up the streets.

Marijuana. Credit: DEA
Marijuana. Credit: DEA
"I just saw a guy selling drugs on Main Street in my town."

That's the kind of message the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to get via text from community members throughout New England. 

The DEA's regional office announced Wednesday that it is utilizing software by Citizen Observer to create a new, easy and totally anonymous channel for people to send them tips — via text.

Tip411, as it is called, "allows anyone with a cell phone to quickly and easily report drug trafficking, money laundering or related suspicious activity directly to a DEA agent," according to a press release. 

How it Works

To use the service, type 847411 (Tip411) into the “To” field on your cell and the keyword “DEADRUGS” in the text field followed by the tip.

"Citizen Observer’s technology removes the identifying information of the sender before the tip is forwarded to DEA," the release states. "The service allows the agent to follow up with the sender in a response text, but the citizen remains completely anonymous throughout the conversation." 

“This program enables citizens, who otherwise might be reluctant to provide information, to communicate directly and anonymously with a DEA agent via text message," said John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's New England Field Division. "Through the Tip411 service we are strengthening our partnership with the community, whose members want to rid their neighborhoods of drug traffickers.” 

The system currently is utilized by other law enforcement agencies around the country, including several in Massachusetts. 

JackU March 10, 2014 at 04:56 PM
There are an awful lot of guys with badges who do steroids.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 03:24 PM
So that makes it right?
Tank March 11, 2014 at 08:47 PM
CIA brings in the drugs. Our troops are in Afghanistan protecting the poppy fields.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Just had a thought. If I get caught driving and texting, can I tell the cop I was getting ready to text the DEA? Think he'll buy it?
Patrick Hennessy March 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Of course they use a photo of marijuana. Our town has far bigger issue than pot. For example, they huge cocaine bust that just took place. CT, is a huge center point for drug trafficking due to its location between NY, and NH, VT etc. But in the grand scheme of things, Marijuana is the least of the federal and local governments worries. How many times to you hear of someone getting into an accident because they were under the influence of marijuana? NEVER. Alcohol on the other hand, you cant count on one hand the amount of traffic stops that are made because of drinking and driving. Open your eyes people.

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