Gary J. Hale
Nonresident Fellow in Drug Policy
Gary J. Hale is the nonresident fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. From 2000 to 2010, he held the position of chief of intelligence in the Houston Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from which he retired in July 2010. Hale joined the DEA in 1979 while serving as a task force agent and narcotics officer detached from the Laredo Police Department. From 1979 to 1987, he held posts with the agency in New Orleans, El Paso and Boston. He was the embassy intelligence coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 to 1997, Hale had various assignments in Washington, D.C., including serving as chief of the Heroin Investigations Support Unit, chief of the Dangerous Drugs Intelligence Unit and liaison to the National Security Agency. During this period, he also served a tour of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. From 1997 to 1998, Hale was assigned to the Intelligence Community in Mexico and served concurrently as the DEA intelligence chief at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. In 1990, Hale received the DEA Administrator’s Award, the agency’s highest recognition, for work that led to the seizure of hundreds of general aviation aircraft involved in cocaine transport throughout Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. In 1995, he was recognized by Attorney General Janet Reno as a “Hispanic hero serving America.” Hale has a Bachelor of Science in computer science and is an alumnus of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Leadership.