DEA Now Taking Drug Trafficking Tips Via Text

The New England division launches an initiative to give community members an anonymous and easy way to help clean up the streets.

Marijuana. Credit: DEA
Marijuana. Credit: DEA
"I just saw a guy selling drugs on Main Street in my town."

That's the kind of message the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to get via text from community members throughout New England. 

The DEA's regional office announced Wednesday that it is utilizing software by Citizen Observer to create a new, easy and totally anonymous channel for people to send them tips — via text.

Tip411, as it is called, "allows anyone with a cell phone to quickly and easily report drug trafficking, money laundering or related suspicious activity directly to a DEA agent," according to a press release. 

How it Works

To use the service, type 847411 (Tip411) into the “To” field on your cell and the keyword “DEADRUGS” in the text field followed by the tip.

"Citizen Observer’s technology removes the identifying information of the sender before the tip is forwarded to DEA," the release states. "The service allows the agent to follow up with the sender in a response text, but the citizen remains completely anonymous throughout the conversation." 

“This program enables citizens, who otherwise might be reluctant to provide information, to communicate directly and anonymously with a DEA agent via text message," said John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's New England Field Division. "Through the Tip411 service we are strengthening our partnership with the community, whose members want to rid their neighborhoods of drug traffickers.” 

The system currently is utilized by other law enforcement agencies around the country, including several in Massachusetts. 

jimmy February 27, 2014 at 05:44 PM
walt, you might be right it will be maybe legal in NH if it passes the state senate and our governor doesn't veto it. just because it's legal in a state does not mean pot is legal by the government as california once found out.
Leave RI February 27, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Crap don't snitch. I want to open a snack stand near all these places and make a 200% mark-up profit from these stone heads. Text me first so I can get a stand there at #hashtagyou'reit.
Heizenburg February 27, 2014 at 05:51 PM
You might get Hank Schrader on the phone. 📞
Catherine & Dennis February 27, 2014 at 07:57 PM
@deaddrug check the refrigerators in the legislative office building
DynoMutt February 27, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Aron Levy February 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Or you could kill all the poor people! Am I right, 'DynoMutt?'
david mokal February 28, 2014 at 02:41 AM
I would trust our Police Chief Molis and the Malden Officers before Id send the DEA anything. There a waste of skin. If they were doing their job in the first place our whole country wouldn't be in this drug mess we are in now. Costs us 10's of millions. Drug abusers get Carte Blanch rides to Meth Clinics,Housing,Medical,you name it. But every election time the Polititions threaten the seniors that they will loose thier medicare but nothin about taking away bennies from the druggies.
Daniella Ruiz February 28, 2014 at 04:11 AM
david mokal >> you're spot on with the issue of 'assisting' the poor, addicted and afflicted drug heads VS simple help for people with actual disease and bodily damage caused by accidents or violence. most of the Elderly don't need to 'get clean', they need basic care, food and shelter in this day and age. families are being torn to pieces by selfish drug users.
chuck February 28, 2014 at 06:27 AM
I keyworded DEADRUGS and got a text back from the Kahoud Brothers in Hartford pushing their weekend rug sale....
D Bauby February 28, 2014 at 07:51 AM
I highly doubt the squealer will be anonymous. It sounds to me like govt is not doing their own job effectively and are trying to turn people and community against one a other. The idea of using people to spy on one another will eventually give police and govt more power. Isnt it bad enough we are spied on in so many other ways such as technology? Dont give in to this trick.
D Bauby February 28, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I am not against reporting any suspicious activity or stranger in the neighborhood. I am concerned about the increase in spying on average citizens, and the increase of spying through cell phone cameras, recorders, and the reality show mentality it is our right to know everyones business. Ironically, I have reported 2 major crimes in town that happened to me, and the police were very disinterested
D Bauby February 28, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Life is funny. I live 100 feet from my neighbor. They had a baby almost a year ago. I gave him 3 gifts and I havent seen him once. I havent heard him laugh or cry or goo goo. Other neighbors have said the same. I was concerned about this and some have said to mind my own business. I called the cops bc I was scammed a few times by fake charities, one being a state police group that didnt exist. I was also computer hacked and a detective said he cld do nothing bc it was china. My computer crashed and was worthless. Another time the police called me a busybody bc I reported a dangerous scamming email I received The officer said I should have deleted it. I thought reporting it would protect others.
D Bauby February 28, 2014 at 09:19 AM
In general, the point I am making is that one isnt certain today what the police want to know and when to just mind my own business. In january someone had entered my home and I was violated and the house was ransacked and my dog let out in the bitter cold. Again, I was shocked when police asked few questions and took no pictures. I am concerned and angry over their priorities and lack thereof.
D Bauby February 28, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Everybody else doing ok, or is it just me??
Prometheus February 28, 2014 at 09:28 AM
No your points are valid. Here in MA I would much prefer the police were tracking down our 134 missing DCF children or arresting those responsible for the Pelletier travesty or patrolling the inner city for illegal guns rather than monitoring my speed while driving to work. But like I said earlier...I am an easy law abiding (mostly) mark and I am much safer to pursue.
Paul Alexander February 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Welcome to 1984!
Johnson February 28, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Pathetic. Drug use is a victimless "crime" and the DEA is scum. Attempting to protect people from themselves....what a waste of tax dollars. I have the right to put what I want in my body. If I don't, then that makes me a SLAVE of the government. They OWN MY BODY.
Bobby Caselnova March 01, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Johnson you're right to an extent, drug USE is mostly victimless until you get into hardcore addicts breaking into homes and stealing your stuff to feed their habit. But the DEA doesn't really concern themselves with users, they go after dealers. If you know a thing or two about the streets you should know very well that the dealers aren't exactly stand-up guys. I for one would love to see them clean up the massive heroin problem the whole northeast US has going on right now, since local and state police seem to be pretty ineffective.
Stumpgrinder March 01, 2014 at 02:13 PM
One has to love the "censors" at Patch. This "comment"........ bernard butty February 27, 2014 at 06:06 PM ............... which is nothing but spam, is allowed to be up for almost 48 hours. On the other hand, when someone commits a crime, admits to it, and then doesn't like the comments that people make about the facts of the case, Patch takes it down. When the criminals are allowed to dictate what the Press reports, the Press has lost all credibility. ................Patch = No credibility
RhodeDog March 02, 2014 at 10:50 AM
what ever happened with that big crack bust here? anyone get any time? or just OverTime for the cops?
Stumpgrinder March 02, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Still...... a day later, the idiots in charge at patch continue to allow spam from a scammer to persist............. no credibility!!!!!!!!!!!!
West Meff Hobo March 03, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Stop snitchin!
Stumpgrinder March 03, 2014 at 08:20 PM
bernard butty February 27, 2014 at 06:06 PM ..................................................................... Bernie! We all know that you are advertising, here! Answer these questions, please. 1.) When were you last in the USA? ... 2.) How many times have you been convicted of internet fraud or securities fraud? ... 3.) Which of the Patch editors are you having sex with?.... thank you
Johnson March 05, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Bobby, the problem there is that you are assuming just because someone uses heroin means they will steal. Punish them for stealing, but not for putting a chemical into their body.
william lucas March 05, 2014 at 07:36 PM
I always wondered where people who take drugs(not weed) but hardcore drugs get their money to buy them. Obviously they all have well paying jobs. Minimum wage not going to make it. Or if they don't have well paying jobs, maybe people donate to them. Even still after the damage is done who takes care of the offspring? Maybe we can ask Hoffman.
JackU March 10, 2014 at 04:56 PM
There are an awful lot of guys with badges who do steroids.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 03:24 PM
So that makes it right?
Jason Silver March 11, 2014 at 08:47 PM
CIA brings in the drugs. Our troops are in Afghanistan protecting the poppy fields.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Just had a thought. If I get caught driving and texting, can I tell the cop I was getting ready to text the DEA? Think he'll buy it?
Patrick Hennessy March 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Of course they use a photo of marijuana. Our town has far bigger issue than pot. For example, they huge cocaine bust that just took place. CT, is a huge center point for drug trafficking due to its location between NY, and NH, VT etc. But in the grand scheme of things, Marijuana is the least of the federal and local governments worries. How many times to you hear of someone getting into an accident because they were under the influence of marijuana? NEVER. Alcohol on the other hand, you cant count on one hand the amount of traffic stops that are made because of drinking and driving. Open your eyes people.


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