Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques

Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques

Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques

Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques


Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques provides basic and advanced techniques for conducting modern drug investigations. With coverage of source countries, drug identification, conspiracy investigations, clandestine laboratories, drug intelligence, and money laundering, the book includes the drug-specific topics that every detective assigned to a drug investigation unit must know. The chapter on drug identification not only explains the drugs of abuse all law enforcement officers are likely to encounter, such as heroin, marijuana, and cocaine, but also contain in-depth information about methamphetamine, PCP, and the emerging club drug, Ecstasy, GHB, and Ketamine.


Unlike other criminal investigation books that only devote a chapter or two to the topic, Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques is devoted entirely to this specialized field of proactive criminal investigation. This book replicates and greatly expands on many of the topics both new and in-service employees of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) receive in their training.

This book serves the needs of criminal justice majors, federal agents, police officers, detectives newly assigned to a drug unit, police training institutions, and members of the legal profession who want to expand their knowledge in the field. It serves equally well as a reference for many foreign police officials who are charged with enforcing their country's drug laws.

There are two major parts. The first deals in the fundamentals of drug investigation and includes comprehensive chapters on drug identification, undercover operations, and the handling of confidential informants. The second part is devoted to complex drug cases with chapters on conspiracy investigations, clandestine laboratories, intelligence, and money laundering.

There is also a glossary of common terms used in drug enforcement, as well as two chapters devoted to the similarities in conducting drug and terrorism investigations, and the nexus between drugs and terrorism. Drug agents know that winning the war on drugs contributes significantly to winning the war on terrorism since drug profits fund many terrorism events. Throughout the work, I use the term drug agent, which is synonymous with investigator, detective, officer, or any other title used by law enforcement personnel who perform drug investigations.

During my 30-year career in law enforcement, I have taught drug enforcement and terrorism topics both to new and in-service federal agents, state and local police officers, foreign police officials, and members of the U.S. intelligence community. While a special agent with the DEA's Office of Training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, I traveled to Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East as a member of an international training team. I discovered each region I visited had a common thirst for more, detailed knowledge on the subject that could not be found in print medium. This textbook was written, in part, to help provide

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