DOJ needs Ebonics experts for drug investigations

The Department of Justice is seeking linguists fluent in Ebonics to aid narcotics investigations, according to a report from The Smoking Gun.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlanta field division is looking for up to nine Ebonics experts to help investigators decipher conversations with suspected narcotics traffickers recorded by wiretap or microphone. Ebonics is a vernacular form of English spoken among some African-American communities.

The agency is looking for experts in a total of 114 languages, including Farsi, Korean and Jamaican Patois.