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Length: 2 Days (16 Hours)

Designed for: Law enforcement professionals tasked with the identification, disruption and dismantling of large scale trafficking organizations.

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course has been designed based on current trends and extreme violence occurring within the border regions of Mexico and the United States.  Investigators will have a basic understanding of Transnational/National Drug Cartels and how they operate.  Students will receive training to include the history, components, influence, and methods of operation in use by drug cartels.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduction to Drug Cartels: Will provide basic history of Drug Cartels.
  • Drug Cartels Influence on Government: Students will further explore levels of influence at work within the geographical areas controlled by Drug Cartels as well as their effects internationally.
  • Cartel Membership: Instruction will provide basic knowledge of the most prevalent drug cartels in operation today to include; Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Gulf Cartel, Beltran Leyva Cartel, and Los Zetas. Students will explore founders, hierarchy, family involvement, and other aspects related to these Drug Cartels.
  • Methods of Operation: Students will receive current trends, to include drug trafficking routes, methods of concealment, communication, as well as trends related to counter surveillance activities.
  • Cartels at War and Why: Students will gain an understanding of the current cartel war and what is at stake as it relates to wealth, power, and political influence.
  • Cartel Enforcement Components: This portion of training will provide the student with a basic understanding of the role of gang members (MS-13, Barrio Aztecas), corrupt law enforcement officials (La Linea ), and other such groups carrying out violent activities on behalf of warring cartels.
  • Intelligence Exploitation for law Enforcement: Students will learn how to gather useful intelligence in furtherance of criminal investigations. The training will exploit weaknesses related to communications and transportation, as well as providing the investigator with an array of tools he /she may employ during the course of cartel investigations.

Taught by Clarence Davis, Alburquerque PD/Middle Rio Grande Valley DTF (retired)