Elvis Presley Carried Federal Narcotics Agent Badge
By Chad Upton | Editor
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was formed in 1973. Prior to that, drug laws were enforced by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD).
In 1970, the BNDD’s years were numbered. If you’re thinking it’s because the acronym was too awkward, you’re (unofficially) wrong. The CIA was called in to eradicate suspected corruption among BNDD agents. In an apparent coincidence, and although he wasn’t an agent, Elvis Presley was given a BNDD badge by president Nixon that same year.
In fact Elvis had a number of police badges. But, he specifically wanted a BNDD badge and travelled to Washington to meet with the president about it. As a gift, he brought the president a display case mounted Colt .45 pistol from his private collection.
Elvis believed the BNDD agent badge would let him carry guns and drugs into any country he wished.