Denise Foster was appointed as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Caribbean Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on December 12, 2021. As the SAC, Ms. Foster is responsible for the domestic offices in San Juan, Ponce, Fajardo and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, she is responsible for DEA’s foreign offices in Bridgetown, Barbados; Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; Georgetown, Guyana; Kingston, Jamaica; Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas; Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
From December 2018 – December 2021, Ms. Foster served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the DEA Detroit Division Office. She was responsible for the Financial Investigations Team (FIT), Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS), Technical Operations Group (TOG), Asset Removal Group (ARG), Special Support Unit (SSU) and the Administrative/Fiscal Unit.
Ms. Foster previously served as an ASAC from October 2017 – December 2018 at the Special Operations Division (SOD) Latin America and Caribbean Section (OSL). She directed a team of multi-agency, staff coordinators, intelligence analyst, contractors and professional staff from both domestic and international agencies. She directed programs targeting transnational criminal organizations responsible for flooding the U.S. with cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
From August 2016 – October 2017, Ms. Foster served as a Staff Coordinator (SC) at SOD in the Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Diversion Section (OSI). Ms. Foster also served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the DEA Cleveland Resident Office TDS from November 2011 – October 2016.
Ms. Foster started her career with DEA as a Special Agent (SA) in 2002. After graduating from the DEA academy, she was assigned to the Detroit Division Office. She also served in a variety of other offices within DEA, including the Bogota Country Office, Atlanta Division Office and the Detroit Division Office.
Ms. Foster began her law enforcement career with the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Department of Public Safety where she served as a police officer from 1993-1995. She also worked for the Fort Worth Police Department in Fort Worth, Texas from July 1995 - January 2002. While with the Fort Worth Police Department, she served in a variety of roles including as uniform patrol officer and as a Neighborhood Patrol Officer (NPO) with a strong focus on community policing and community engagement.
Ms. Foster retired from the United States Army Reserves a Major after 20 years of service. She is a native of Decatur, Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas in Arlington.