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Miami-Dade County DEA Office Moves to Upscale Burbs

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Some say the move is a wise one, but others say the location is too far removed from prisons and courts and reality.

By Vanessa Blum
South Florida Sun Sentinel
WESTON, Fla. – There’s a newcomer to Weston–one that’s moved in this month with an arsenal of weaponry, stocks of illegal narcotics and plenty of accommodations for drug traffickers.

This upscale Broward community, a tidy suburban scape of palm-lined thoroughfares, corporate campuses, and gated residential enclaves, has a surprising new resident– the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

After three decades in Miami-Dade County, the venerable drug-fighting agency has been evicted from its Doral headquarters, which is being converted to a city center.

Like many real estate decisions, the relocation is driven by practical considerations like affordable rent, sufficient parking and easy access to South Florida’s highways.

But the federal agency’s move north also mirrors the new geography of South Florida’s drug trade–a map that is no longer Miami-centric but has spread to the suburbs of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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