DEA Supervisor Phil Jordan Passes Away at 81

Phillip “Phil” Jordan, a highly experienced and respected supervisor at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has passed away at the age of 81. Jordan, known for his role in leading key drug investigations and his outspoken criticism of law enforcement corruption, leaves behind a legacy of dedication and commitment to justice.

During his tenure, Jordan served as a special agent-in-charge of DEA operations in Dallas, where he played a crucial role in combating drug trafficking. He also held the position of director at the prestigious El Paso Intelligence Center, which provides tactical and intelligence support to officers working on drug trends and money laundering.

One of his notable achievements was the identification and indictment of Pedro Aviles Perez, one of the earliest Mexican drug lords involved in smuggling drugs into the United States. Jordan’s relentless pursuit of justice contributed significantly to dismantling drug networks and preventing the flow of illicit substances.

Upon retiring from the DEA, Jordan continued to contribute his expertise by consulting on international and domestic security issues, specializing in expert witness trial testimony. He also became a prominent voice against police corruption, appearing in the Netflix documentary “The Last Narc,” where whistleblowers alleged the involvement of a CIA operative and Mexican officials in the torture-murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

Jordan’s dedication to justice extended beyond drug-related cases. In 2001, he played a crucial role in exposing the “Fake Drug” scandal in Dallas, where numerous individuals, mostly Mexican immigrants, were wrongfully arrested due to planted fake drugs by paid Dallas police informants. Thanks to Jordan’s efforts, charges against these individuals were dropped, and the corrupt informants and four Dallas Police officers faced criminal charges.

The former DEA supervisor also voiced concerns about the federal government’s use of confidential informants, particularly highlighting cases in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Service officials overlooked potential criminal acts by an informant.

Tragically, the pursuit of justice took a personal toll on Jordan’s life. The murder of his brother, Bruno, became the subject of the book “Down by the River,” which detailed how Jordan’s investigations into the Juarez Cartel led to his brother’s murder. Jordan believed his brother’s death was a targeted hit ordered by drug traffickers, despite it being prosecuted as a carjacking.

Throughout his ten-year tenure as special agent-in-charge in Dallas, Jordan fostered greater cooperation between federal agencies and state and local authorities. His efforts were instrumental in enhancing the DEA’s investigative focus on entire drug organizations, resulting in the imprisonment of entire networks of drug dealers.

In addition to his work with the DEA, Jordan served as a senior advisor to the Texas Attorney General, acting as a liaison between state, federal, and local agencies. He provided guidance on issues related to money laundering and homeland security concerning drug trafficking within the state of Texas.

Jordan’s journey began in El Paso, where he graduated from Jefferson High School. He then pursued a degree in psychology at the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship. His passion for justice led him to join the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which later transformed into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and ultimately the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973.

Sadly, Jordan’s battle with brain cancer came to an end. After undergoing emergency surgery, he passed away while in recovery. His contributions to law enforcement and his unwavering pursuit of justice will be remembered and cherished by his colleagues, friends, and the communities he served.

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