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Constantine, Thomas

  • By: Ryan C. Shorey, Hope Brasfield & Gregory L. Stuart
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Thomas A. Constantine (1938-) was born in Buffalo, New York. He served as a New York State Police (NYSP) officer, superintendent of the NYSP, and administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement

Administration (DEA). As superintendent of the NYSP, Constantine instituted numerous programs aimed at reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and increasing the number of officers working for the NYSP Narcotics Unit in an effort to curb drug use in New York State. In 1994 Constantine was appointed administrator of the DEA. As administrator, Constantine focused his attention primarily on powerful organized crime groups that controlled the vast majority of drug trafficking in the United States. After retiring from the DEA, Constantine was appointed to the position of Oversight Commissioner for reform of policing in Northern ...

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