DEA launches New England wide drug texting tip line
John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, announced today that the DEA New England Field Division has made an anonymous texting tip line available to the public. “Tip411,” which is powered by Citizen Observer, allows anyone with a cell phone to quickly report drug trafficking, money laundering or related suspicious activity directly to a DEA agent.
To use the service, 847411 (Tip411) is entered in the “To” field and the keyword “DEADRUGS” in the text field on a cell phone followed by the tip. All information provided is 100 percent anonymous. Citizen Observer’s technology removes the identifying information of the sender before the tip is forwarded to DEA. 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. Through the Tip411 service we are strengthening our partnership with the community, whose members want to rid their neighborhoods of drug traffickers,” said Special Agent in Charge Arvanitis.
The system currently is utilized by other law enforcement agencies around the country, including several in Massachusetts.