Drug-related crimes are impacting every community across the United States. Law enforcement agencies devote a tremendous amount of resources to combat illegal narcotic activity. This course will present information on basic drug identification and cutting agents for each of the major drugs. Oftentimes, criminals do not conceal the cutting agents. Up-to-date drug trends and packaging material will be discussed.
Search and seizure case law as it relates to drug investigations continuously changes. Officers will be presented with the most up to-date court rulings impacting narcotic investigations. Consent searches are the backbone of many interdiction units. Learning how to legally obtain consent can help provide solid evidence of guilt if narcotics are discovered based on the consent. Various tips and techniques will be presented during this block of instruction.
Concealment methods used by drug dealers are becoming extremely complex. Information will be presented to identify hidden compartments and common places drug dealers attempt to conceal contraband. Detecting unusual driving behavior within seconds as a vehicle passes by can be a hard concept to recognize. Understanding of behavioral analysis is essential for all officers both in the field and during a criminal interdiction. After attending this course, patrol officers will have the resources and training to seize larger quantities of drugs, firearms, and U.S. currency.