A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 19, 2011
Don’t Expect Anything (Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA nickname)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was formed in 1973 to combat drug smuggling. The DEA nickname “Don’t Expect Anything” has been cited in print since at least 1988.

The DEA has also been nicknamed “Drink/Drunk Every Afternoon” (cited in print since at least 1993).


Wikipedia: Drug Enforcement Administration
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. Not only is the DEA the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it also has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations abroad.

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DEA Don’t Expect Anything Miscellaneous » Funnies

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Desperados:
Latin drug lords, U.S. lawmen, and the war America can’t win

By Elaine Shannon
New York, NY: Viking
1988
Pg. 34:
The field men began joking that the agency’s initials stood for “Don’t Expect Anything.”

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Swordfish:
A true story of ambition, savagery, and betrayal

By David McClintick
New York, NY: Pantheon Books
1993
Pg. 25:
DEA agents called FBI agents “Fucking Blithering Idiots,” “Famous But Incompetent,” “fibbies,” and “feebs” for “feebleminded.” FBI agents called DEA agents “Drunk Every Afternoon” “Don’t Expect Anything,” and “cowboys.”

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On Thin Ice
By Susan Andersen
New York, NY: Kensington Pub. Corp.
1995
Pg. 14:
Small wonder the field men joked the agency’s initials stood for “Don’t Expect Anything.”

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Special Agent:
My life on the front lines as a woman in the FBI

By Candice DeLong and Elisa Petrini
New York, NY: Hyperion
2001
Pg. 217:
“DEA— doesn’t that stand for ‘Don’t Expect Anything’? Or is it ‘Drunk Every Afternoon’?”

The DEA agent shot back: “FBI — doesn’t that stand for ‘Famous but Incompetent’?”

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02-13-2006

DEA: Don’t Expect Anything
Drunk Every Afternoon

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Tuesday, April 19, 2011 • Permalink