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Investigative Services Division

Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency

The Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA) is a multi-jurisdictional task force whose main law enforcement emphasis is on the control of illicit drugs. The agency is operated by the SDEA Governing Committee, which is comprised of the heads of all law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County. The Modesto Police Department participates in both the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (S.D.E.A.) as well as the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (H.I.D.T.A.) unit. Both units are comprised of local, state and federal agents and the two units work closely together.

In addition to task force personnel, the SDEA provides a base for operations of co-located local and federal anti-drug personnel. These include prosecutors and investigators from the Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office, plus clerical and support personnel, a manager and field officer supervisors from various local agencies. Also assigned to the SDEA are Special Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division. Police Van
While it remains the mission of the SDEA to eliminate drug trafficking and abuse within Stanislaus County, the SDEA Governing Committee recognizes that forces from outside our boundaries have a significant impact upon major drug trafficking that occurs here. Therefore, the Committee encourages and practices a multi-resource and multi-jurisdictional approach to the investigation and prosecution of drug related crimes. S.D.E.A. investigated 71 methamphetamine labs and 63 methamphetamine lab dumps within Stanislaus County during 2003.

To report suspected drug activity anonymously, call the Hotline at (209) 571-3784.