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Marshall, Donnie

  • By: Stacy K. Parker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

On June 19, 2000, Donnie Marshall was officially sworn in as the seventh Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) administrator, and he remained in this position until his retirement on June 30, 2001. A 30-year veteran of the DEA, Marshall became the first special agent ever to become administrator of the agency. During his tenure, numerous international drug-trafficking and money laundering organizations were dismantled, while more than $90 million in currency and assets, 45,000 kilograms of cocaine, and 40,000 pounds of marijuana were seized and more than 4,100 arrests were made as a result of major agency operations.

Marshall began his law enforcement career as a special agent with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, a predecessor of the DEA, in 1969. Various early DEA assignments ...

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