Retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent Brian Shanahan

About Brian Shanahan

A former federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, Brian Shanahan studied criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston, where he gained admittance to both the Phi Kappa Phi and Omega Epsilon honor societies. After earning his bachelor of science magna cum laude, Brian Shanahan found employment as a court officer with the New York State Office of Court Administration. He remained in this position for the next eight years, performing a wide range of security and law enforcement duties, including executing bench warrants, arresting criminally negligent individuals, maintaining order during court proceedings, and protecting judges and courtroom participants.

Mr. Shanahan's career with the DEA began in 1998. In that year, he attended DEA's Academy and graduated in January 1999. Following graduation, he commenced working in DEA's New York Division office and completed his field training in the organization’s Miami Division.

After serving as a case agent in both the United States and overseas, he accepted a supervisory special agent position in 2009. Until his retirement in 2018, he led substantial global anti-drug and anti-money-laundering initiatives with other federal agencies and multiple state and local departments.