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Length: 6 Days (62 Hours)

Designed For: This class is for any First Responder who processes hazardous waste sites.

Prerequisites: Successfully completed RCTA s “Clandestine Laboratory Investigation” course.

On your department's or agency's crime lab or scene technician, with experience and/or training in Meth Lab investigations and Lab takedown. (Provide certificates and course outlines or resume of experience)


On your department's or agency's entry team with experience or training in Meth lab investigations and Lab takedowns. (Provide certificates and course outlines or resume of experience)


  1. Doctor's certification (on doctor’s letterhead) for use of a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  2. Student must be clean shaven (mustaches are allowed)
  3. Students requiring eye-glasses must wear contact lenses, in order to insure proper seal when wearing the SCBA.

Documentation of prerequisites and Doctor s certification MUST be faxed to 601-679-2006 immediately following submission of the registration form for the application to be considered complete. Processing your request will not begin until RCTA receives these items.

Description: This course teaches the nature of chemicals, learn how to protect themselves from chemical exposure, how to safely investigate and gather evidence in a toxic environment, identify other hazards encountered in a clandestine labs, and when completing this course students will be offered OSHA certification.

Objectives Covered:

  • Understand the synthesis of methamphetamine by actual hands-on participation in the extraction of Pseudoephedrine from cold medications and other products
  • Understand the history and current situation of clandestine drug labs in the U.S.
  • Learn how to initiate and develop a case through investigation, issuance of a search warrant, which will conclude with the seizure of the lab
  • Recognize the dangers, the physical hazards, and the toxicology of the chemicals
  • Identify the characteristics of hydroponic grows and what equipment is available for their detection including the manufacturing of hashish and honey oil
  • All students will be placed into teams for surveillance on Wednesday night( Each student should bring appropriate clothing for outdoor surveillance) for a practice exercise to obtain visual, audio, and material facts of a clandestine lab for inclusion in a written affidavit for a search warrant
  • Become an expert witness in court along with writing a legally sound affidavit for a search warrant based on the course material and the Wednesday night surveillance. The search warrant must be written to successfully complete the course.
  • Incorporate a Drug Endangered Children program into the community
  • Understand the federal combat meth act log books on pseudoephedrine sales, to include electronic data base monitoring and analysis of information
  • Know current international threats that potentially affect meth & other drug trends

Taught by Mick Mollica, L.E.A.R.N. Associates