This course provides students with an overview of the narcotics investigation process. Topics will include most current constitutional drug law, commonly abused drugs, confidential informants and sources, investigative strategies, undercover operations, marijuana grow operations, clandestine methamphetamine labs, evidence collection and admissibility, searches, children living in dangerous drug environments, and liability issues. This course will be accomplished entirely in the classroom. This course is also directed towards the officer with limited or no experience for narcotics investigation.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • List and identify the most commonly abused drugs and their origin, street value, manufacture, packaging, and smuggling.
  • Describe development, use, and control of confidential informants and confidential sources.
  • Identify seizable assets.
  • List and describe various investigative strategies to include controlled buys, hand-to-hand buys, surveillance, conspiracy, and domestic interdiction.
  • Describe undercover operation planning, operation, risks involved, legal issues, and reporting and documentation.
  • Describe marijuana growing operations, methods, and indicators.
  • Describe clandestine lab operations, methods, and indicators.
  • List and describe aspects of evidence collection and admissibility in court.
  • Describe procedures and legal issues concerning searches.
  • Give a brief overview of agency and taskforce relationships.
  • Describe the role of law enforcement in dealing with children living in dangerous drug environments.
  • List and describe liability and ethics issues relating to narcotics investigations.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 5 days/40 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement.