Carlos A. Teixeira was born in Manhattan, New York in 1962. He attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, NY from 1978 to 1981. While attending Erasmus Hall High School, he played varsity football and received various awards and honors. After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School, he earned an athletic scholarship to attend Morgan State University, where he played football for two years. In 1984, he transferred to St. John’s University and played on the football team. As a starting offensive lineman, Carlos received the “All Conference Award” and was nominated as a candidate for the St. John’s University Football Hall of Fame. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Carlos became a Special Investigator with the New York City Department of Investigation, where he conducted public corruption and white collar crime investigations.
In 1990, Carlos became a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). After graduating from the DEA Academy, Carlos was assigned to the New York Field Division. During this assignment, he was responsible for conducting extensive investigations of major drug trafficking organizations operating throughout the world. Throughout his career, Carlos worked on numerous long-term undercover assignments and infiltrated high level members of the Medellin and Cali cartels. In 1999, Carlos was promoted to the rank of Supervisory Special Agent at the New York Field Division. He was consistently recognized by law enforcement agencies at the foreign, federal, state and local levels for his dedication and outstanding achievements with the DEA.
In 2002, Carlos was assigned as an Inspector with the Office of Professional Responsibility in Newark, NJ. In this capacity, Inspector Teixeira was responsible for conducting internal investigations related to misconduct by DEA employees.
In 2005, Carlos was transferred to the Miami Field Division, Tampa District Office (TDO) as a Group Supervisor where he was assigned to the Clandestine Laboratory Group. The group was comprised of the following agencies; Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office, the Polk Sheriff’s Office and DEA. Under Carlos’ leadership, his group dismantled over 50 clandestine laboratories which were producing Methamphetamine (Meth) throughout Florida.
In 2006, Carlos was reassigned to the TDO, Panama Express North enforcement group. The four main enforcement agencies who direct the day to day operation are DEA, FBI, HSI and the Joint Interagency Task Force. Operation Panama Express is also commingled with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force that is housed at a covert offsite. The operation is supervised and managed by three Group Supervisors from DEA, FBI, and HSI. Panama Express North investigates drug trafficking organizations (DTO) which utilizes maritime vessels to transport large quantities of narcotics throughout the Caribbean basin. Since the inception of Operation Panama Express, it has yielded the seizure of approximately 800 metric tons cocaine. Under Carlos’ direction, his agents were able to dismantle and disrupt several DTOs operating throughout South America and the Caribbean. His agents were able to secure over forty federal indictments against these DTOs.
In 2007, Carlos was promoted to an Assistant Special Agent in Charge and assigned to the New York Field Division, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force (OCDESF). The OCDESF is comingled and comprised by the following agencies; DEA, FBI, HSI, IRS, New York State Police and the New York City Police Department. Currently, Carlos manages six enforcement groups to include the Financial Investigations Team (FIT). Under Carlos’ supervision his groups have managed to seize over 50 million in assets and currency from DTOs.
In 2013 after 24 years with the DEA, Carlos retired and continued his law enforcement career with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) in New Jersey as a Detective. After graduating the New Jersey Department of Criminal Justice Academy, Carlos was assigned to the MCPO Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force.
In July 2016, Carlos was promoted to Detective Sergeant and became the Commander of the MCPO, Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force. He is also a member of Middlesex County Special Operation Response Team (SORT) as a Hostage Negotiator.
Throughout the years, Carlos has been an outstanding role model and mentor through his volunteer work to various youth football organizations in the New York, New Jersey and Florida areas. Carlos and his wife, Amalia, of 26 years, are proud and devoted parents to four beautiful children, Carlos, Amalia, Jonathan and Gabriella.