Edward V. Owens, a native of New York, is the Deputy Special Agent in Charge (DSAC) of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York field office. In this executive level position, he provides strategic and operational oversight over all investigative divisions within his purview. This includes the National Security division which encompasses two Joint Terrorism Task Force groups, Extraterritorial Threat Resourcing and Counter Proliferation. He also leads two Public Safety Divisions which includes investigative groups that cover Human Trafficking, Violent Gangs, Worksite Enforcement, Document & Benefit Fraud, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation. DSAC Owens also oversees the HSI New York Intelligence Program which is administered by a Chief Intelligence Officer and over 25 Criminal Analysts that serve every investigative discipline within HSI and leads the way on developing our strategic threat analysis for local and national resource allocation decision making. Finally, DSAC Owens oversees the overall administrative infrastructure of the office including a budget of over $1.2 million managed by an Administrative Officer and a comprehensive staff of administrative professionals.
Prior to this DSAC Owens oversaw all investigative and administrative functions of the HSI personnel operating within HSI New York’s El Dorado Financial Crimes Task Force (EDTF), comprised members from more than 30 Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies. The Task Force utilized a full range of criminal and civil laws to target financial crime at all levels resulting in the prosecution of criminals and the seizure of illicit proceeds.
Mr. Owens has served in several critical field office and headquarters positions. Immediately preceding his assignment with HSI New York, Mr. Owens served as the DSAC HSI Los Angeles an office which spans 300 miles of coastline and encompasses the 7 counties. DSAC Owens oversaw HSI investigators exercising the broadest federal law enforcement jurisdiction of any agency which includes investigations involving Money Laundering/Bulk Cash Smuggling, Narcotics Smuggling/Trafficking, Commercial Trade and Fraud, Export Enforcement/Counter Proliferation, Weapons Smuggling, Anti-Gang Enforcement, Human Rights Violations, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Cyber Crimes/Child Exploitation, Human Smuggling/Trafficking, Export Enforcement, Immigration Document & Benefit Fraud and Worksite Enforcement/Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Mr. Owens also served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in El Paso, Texas, as well as the Chief of Staff (COS) over the New Mexico/West Texas Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (NM/WTX/ACTT), a collaboration of Federal, Military, State, County, Tribal and Local law enforcement agencies focused on denying, disrupting, degrading and dismantling transcontinental criminal organizations (TCOs). As the COS, he managed the daily operations of task force personnel and through utilizing a multi- agency approach, he was able to enhance law enforcement collaboration and successful interdiction and intelligence gathering efforts on both sides of the U.S./Mexican Border.
His headquarters assignments in Washington, DC included service as the Unit Chief of the Emergency Preparedness and Incident Management Unit. In said capacity, he provided guidance, oversight, funding and coordination over the Emergency Preparedness & Incident Management Program for the Office of Investigations which includes Headquarters and the 26 Special Agent in Charge Offices located throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Other assignments include his work as a Group Supervisor in HSI San Juan, PR and as a criminal investigator in San Francisco, CA.
Mr. Owens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward, CA.