Jeffrey James Higgins is a retired DEA supervisory special agent and an expert in narco-terrorism. He attained the first two narco-terrorism convictions in history. Jeffrey also convicted the most prolific heroin trafficker in the world and participated in several of the largest drug seizures on record.
Jeffrey worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration for over 20 years. During that time, he was asigned as: a special agent in New York City, the assistant country attaché in the Kabul Country Office, an assistant team leader on DEA’s foreign tactical teams, a special agent with the Narco-Terrorism Group, and a supervisory special agent in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey was one of the first rescuers to arrive after the second World Trade Center tower collapsed. After 9/11, he was temporarily assigned to the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, then to the Department of Homeland Security’s Watch Center, in Washington, DC. Jeffrey helped establish the nascent Kabul Country Office, where he led the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police on operations around the country. Jeffrey became the first undercover agent in Afghanistan, since before the Taliban took power. He was also the first western law enforcement officer to testify in the both the Kabul Public Security Court and the Afghan Central Narcotics Tribunal.
Jeffrey deployed around the world with DEA’s tactical teams, working with U.S. and foreign law enforcement, military special forces, and intelligence services. He received numerous awards, including: the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism, a Certificate of Excellence from the commanding general for the Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award, and the DEA Administrator’s Award of Valor. Jeffrey was also featured during a Hat’s Off to Heroes ceremony at Fenway Park.
Before joining DEA, Jeffrey’s worked as a reporter and news editor for a string of weekly and biweekly newspapers in Massachusetts. Later, he became a deputy sheriff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, Jeffrey was elected as a commissioner for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions in Washington, DC, where he served until 2016.
Jeffrey has a Master of Science in criminal justice, from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in journalism, from Boston University’s College of Communications. He lives with his wife, Cynthia Farahat Higgins, in Alexandria, Virginia. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.