DEA Museum Lecture: The Kingpin Strategy

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2020

Former DEA Administrator Robert C. Bonner joined us in the first installment of the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitor Center’s fiscal year 2021 lecture series Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy. Mr. Bonner spoke about leading DEA as it put the “Kingpin Strategy” into place in the early1990s to combat violent and powerful drug trafficking organizations.

The Kingpin Strategy attacks drug organizations’ most vulnerable areas-leadership, production, distribution, and assets. DEA designed the strategy to weaken, destroy, and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations.

Retired DEA Regional Director Jay Bergman also participated in the discussion. Mr. Bergman was the longest-serving regional director in the history of DEA, and was stationed in Bogota, Colombia, from 2009-2015. He talked about the evolution and success of the strategy during his time in Colombia.

Watch below.


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