Uttam Dhillon has been named as the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) replacing Robert Patterson, who retired after 30 years of service. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement July 2 saying that the DEA is critical in fighting the drug epidemic in the United States.
Dhillon has a long career of battling drug traffickers and violent crime. He was confirmed by the Senate in 2006 as the first director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that he served as an associate deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice and also worked as an assistant United States attorney in the Central District of California for over six years.
Most recently Dhillon has served as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to President Trump. He also has experience in the Legislative branch.