The Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association is a non-profit association, founded in 1989. The association is governed by an executive board comprised of officials from various law enforcement agencies across the State of Illinois.

The association believes effective narcotics enforcement is predicated on establishing viable lines of communication and coordination of efforts among drug law enforcement entities. We strive to provide narcotics enforcement personnel with training appropriate to their mission. To this end, we hold statewide training sessions each year, which in the past, have included subjects such as the Erosion Process and Police Corruption, Courtroom Survival Techniques, Developing and Handling Informants, Undercover Operations, and Clandestine Laboratories.

Our members are sworn law enforcement officers spanning the entire State of Illinois who are tasked with enforcing narcotics laws and protecting the public from drug offenders. We support those officers in their mission to make Illinois a safer state for all its citizens.


Welcome to IDEOA. The nature of narcotic crimes and enforcement, both at the State and Federal level, has changed drastically over the years. The increased violence associated with the use and distribution of narcotics has permeated communities both large and small.  However, the individuals that make up our organization have never wavered from their mission, even in the face of increasing danger and public scrutiny.  The actions of our membership and conference attendees make a difference to someone, somewhere each time they answer the call to duty.  For that, they have earned the respect of their peers and a grateful community. All of us play an integral role in educating those we interact with each day. Cherish that role, be that role model for those you interact with, and hopefully they will be the positive change for everyone’s future.

I want to thank each of our members for the work they do to make our communities safer. Remember our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. Ensure your priorities are in order; spend time with those you love, and ensure you are there for them whenever they need you. Always remember your safety and those around you are the most important aspect of any investigation. Take care of yourself, physically and mentally, so you live a long and happy life.



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Anthony Kestner, IDEOA President

2020 IDEOA Board Members

Executive Board

Anthony Kestner, President
James Winters, Vice President
Marc Maton, Treasurer
Jon (J.J.) Johnson, Secretary
Andrew Anselm, Conference Coordinator
Victor Markowski,
Executive Director

Terry Lemming, Immediate Past President


Board Members

Robert Bell

Eric Carter
Jonathan Edwards
Glenn Haas
Thomas Jennings
George Karountzos
Brendan Kelly

Christopher Koerner

Thomas Mills
Nicholas Roti
Leo Schmitz
Chris Sullivan

Jose Tirado
Kevin Winslow
Dant Foulk,
General Counsel