“DEA” Hits the Streets of New Jersey for Second Season on Spike TV
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
(The following news story is comprised of information submitted to the National Association of Chiefs of Police by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.)
Spike TV returns to the streets of the billion dollar illegal narcotics trade, this time in New Jersey, to offer viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. in association with Size 12 Productions, season two of â€œDEAâ€ premieres on Spike starting Tuesday, February 10 at 10 PM.
â€œThis season of â€˜DEAâ€™ was shot in our own back yard and is packed with action,â€ said executive producer Al Roker. â€œWe show viewers a side of drug enforcement and the life of DEA Special Agents that they wonâ€™t see anywhere else but on Spike. Donâ€™t miss Tuesdays at 10 PM.â€
This season, Spike was given exclusive access to follow a group of DEA Special Agents and Task Force Officers in DEAâ€™s northern New Jersey headquarters, based in Newark, as they risk their lives daily in the ongoing battle against illegal drugs.
After 9/11, many illegal drug dealers left New York City and set up shop across the river in New Jersey. With an influx of deadly criminals now using cutting edge weaponry, â€œDEAâ€ underscores the danger DEA Special Agents experience on a daily basis in order to do their jobs. The series follows DEA Special Agents as they work cases ranging from street level dealers up to cracking international drug syndicates.
Viewers will witness first-hand what it is like for DEA Special Agents to go out on undercover missions. Spike is there when DEA Special Agents bust down doors and execute drug raids that put their lives directly in the line of fire. â€œDEAâ€ also takes a look at the complex relationship that agents have with informants, revealing the strange kinship they share with these criminals who see themselves not as arch enemies, but rather as opponents in the â€œgameâ€ of the illegal drug trade.
â€œIf you liked the first season of â€˜DEA,â€™ you’ll love the second,â€ said special agent in charge, Mary Irene Cooper, DEAâ€™s Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs. â€œSeason II delivers more episodes, more action, more dope and more money than viewers have ever seen before. Youâ€™ll have a front row seat to DEA’s hard-charging, relentless special agents risking their lives for the mission. Theyâ€™ll captivate you with their gritty determination and leave you wanting more.â€
Spike.com will offer users a preview of the premiere episode of â€œDEAâ€ in early February and throughout the season, full episodes will be available at DEA.Spike.com directly after their on-air debut, along with a sneak peek of the action in next weekâ€™s episode. The site will also feature a video glossary of DEA terminology and procedures that will be illustrated by show clips featuring the DEA Special Agents themselves, creating a one-stop shop for insight into the DEA. Users will also be able to send embeddable clips to their friends and check out video clips of DEA on their mobile phones.
â€œDEAâ€ averaged 1.3 million viewers for its premiere season (April-May, 2008) and gave the network a 132% increase in viewership in its timeslot. â€œDEAâ€ ranked #4 in all of cable in its timeslot among Men 18-34 and 18-49.
â€œDEAâ€ is produced for Spike by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. and Size 12 Productions. Executive producers for the series are Al Roker for Al Roker Entertainment and C. Russell Muth and Hank Capshaw for Size 12 Productions. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spikeâ€™s executives in charge of production.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.