The DEA has recently sent off memos to translation service companies to help it find 9 new translators for African American Vernacular English, or Ebonics. Some DEA agents already work on translating Ebonics but the agency is looking to hire more.
Special Agents say there are current investigations in the Southeast and that the hunt for translators covers Atlanta, Washington, New Orleans, Miami, and the Caribbean.
Special Agents say that the right translator can make or break a case. The ideal person for the job would be someone who is a natural-born speaker, with some language training.