As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), diversion investigators are responsible for monitoring the illegal diversion of controlled substances into legitimate channels. In essence, they make sure that illegal drug traffickers do not “launder” their illicit goods into mainstream pharmaceutical companies.
Duties of a Diversion Investigator
In order to accomplish this, you work closely with chemical firms to establish clearer standards and transparency, thus, ensuring that their products are never contaminated by outside sources. Your work routinely includes audits and on-site checks at locations around the country.
DEA agents may sometimes assist you, offering leads and alerting you to potential suspects within the industry. Part detective, part accountant, and part chemist, this is a career field that requires meticulous attention to detail and extensive training.
Diversion Investigator Educational Requirements
In order to apply, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- You must rank in the top third of your graduating class at the university level.
- You must possess a GPA of 3.5 or above in your specific academic track.
- You must possess a GPA of 2.95 or above for all of your undergraduate work.
- You must be a member of a national honor society that is recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
In some instances, it is possible to combine associate’s training with professional experience to qualify as a diversion investigator applicant. Special consideration is given to those with a background in foreign languages, law enforcement, military training, accounting, pharmacology, computer science, and investigative experience.
If you qualify for the above, you receive three months of formal training at the Justice Training Center in Quantico, Virginia. There, you learn a range of topics, including, regulations, diversion methods, interviewing techniques, drug pharmacology, and clandestine laboratory familiarization.