The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. Hank Schrader, Walter White's brother-in-law is an agent with the DEA. At his department in Albuquerque, his partner is Steven "Gomie" Gomez and his superior was George Merkert. When Merkert was forced out due to failing to see Gus' Drug Empire, Hank was made the new ASAC.
The DEA operates 227 field offices across the United States including the Albuquerque office. The offices are managed by their domestic field divisions. There are a total of 21 divisions. Albuquerque reports to the El Paso division.