Paul Higdon is a decorated and distinguished veteran of federal law enforcement, counter narcotics, and intelligence. He had an extensive career as a DEA Special Agent and Deputy Assistant Administrator, as well as Director of the Criminal Intelligence Directorate at INTERPOL. He has in-depth knowledge of global drug enforcement.
Mr. Higdon’s 27-year career with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its predecessor agency, Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), began as a Special Agent in the Seattle field office. As Special Agent in Charge of a joint federal, state, and local drug enforcement task force, he planned and directed numerous successful enforcement operations and was subsequently assigned to the agency’s office in Marseilles, where he was tasked to work closely with French police in identifying and eliminating the infamous “French Connection.”
He was subsequently assigned by the DEA to Rabat, Morocco, and Brussels, Belgium, where he served as the Technical Advisor for U.S. drug intelligence and investigative matters. As Country Attaché for drug matters, he served as the American government’s sole liaison to foreign federal authorities for drug investigations and intelligence. In 1986, he was assigned to the worldwide International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) with the task of reorganizing and redirecting INTERPOL’s drug enforcement efforts and initiatives in order to increase its effectiveness as an international drug enforcement body. Upon his return to the United States, Higdon was placed in charge of the agency’s Office of Inspections, with responsibility for ensuring that all DEA offices and its personnel, both domestic and foreign, followed proper agency policy and procedures.
Mr. Higdon was later appointed the DEA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator in Charge of Foreign Operations (responsible for overseeing and directing the operations of 70 DEA offices in 51 countries). After retiring from the DEA, he served as Director of the Criminal Intelligence Directorate at INTERPOL, where he ranked second in the organization and was subordinate only to the Secretary General.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Higdon served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1963 to 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Business from Seattle University and has completed coursework in Executive Management and Financial Investigations at the DEA, National and Internal Security at Harvard, Mastering Meetings at Johns Hopkins University, and Performance Audits at USDA.