J. Todd Scott is the Special Agent in Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Louisville Field Division. In the role, Mr. Scott directs all DEA activities throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
A twenty-four-year veteran of the agency, Mr. Scott started his DEA career as a Special Agent in the Los Angeles Field Division. He later transferred to the Port-au-Prince Country Office in the Caribbean Field Division, before returning to domestic law enforcement in the Detroit Field Division’s Louisville District Office, his hometown. While in Louisville, he was promoted to a Group Supervisor position and transferred to the Phoenix Field Division’s Tucson District Office.
During his domestic assignments, Mr. Scott worked a myriad of drug investigations, including Title III investigations, undercover cases, historical conspiracy investigations, maritime smuggling cases, and state and local impact cases. While overseas, Mr. Scott developed far-reaching and complex initiatives targeting emerging Haitian drug cartels. As a Group Supervisor in DEA’s Phoenix Field Division, he oversaw the creation of Tucson’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force and led a group of law enforcement professionals focused on conspiracy investigations involving Mexican cartels and smuggling groups operating on the Southwest border.
In 2011, Mr. Scott transferred to DEA Headquarters, where he was assigned to the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. There, he provided support and oversight to DEA-related news, media, and entertainment projects, and was featured on National Geographic Channel, War Stories with Oliver North, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
In 2013, Mr. Scott was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division, where he oversaw the Alpine and Midland Resident Offices, the Tactical Diversion Squad, the OCDETF Strike Force Program, Cross-Border Violence Group, and other El Paso Division enforcement and administrative elements.
In 2016, Mr. Scott returned to the Phoenix Field Division, where he oversaw all Phoenix enforcement groups and elements, including the OCDETF Strike Force Program. He was also instrumental in creating and spearheading the Phoenix Division’s Heroin Enforcement Action Team, an opioid task force targeting overdose deaths in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
In January 2019, Mr. Scott was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and transferred to the Houston Division, where he served as the Associate Special Agent in Charge. In this role, he supervised three Assistant Special Agents in Charge, the Field Intelligence Manager, all local Houston enforcement groups, the OCDETF Strike Force and HIDTA programs, as well as the Beaumont and Galveston Resident Offices.
Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary, before joining The Cadmus Group, an energy and environmental consulting firm. Mr. Scott also holds a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, and he’s a member of the Virginia Bar Association.