Methamphetamine Investigations
Monday, August 19 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Mountain View Police Department
Directions: 1000 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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Course Description:  This course is designed to equip law enforcement officers with the knowledge to conduct methamphetamine investigations involving domestic and international traffickers. The course begins with the history of methamphetamine and current trends, including a section on the international methamphetamine trade controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The main portion of the class addresses how to perform methamphetamine investigations whether the targets are international traffickers or domestic local producers and distributors. 

The conclusion of the course addresses tactical considerations and supervisory concerns; developing standard operating policy; effective courtroom testimony techniques; and developing legislation to aid enforcement. The skills taught in this class, while focused on methamphetamine, can be employed to other areas of drug enforcement as well.

Topics Included

  • Methamphetamine and transnational narcotics organizations
  • Methods required to conduct precursor/chemical diversion cases
  • Effective methamphetamine drug crime surveillance techniques
  • Undercover safety considerations for officers dealing with meth dealers/users
  • Building conspiracy and multi-jurisdictional cases
  • Drug vehicle interdiction techniques
  • Managing informants

Instructor:  Brian Sallee has 38 years of law enforcement experience with over 29 years as a narcotics detective.  Brian is currently assigned to the Meth Unit with the Albuquerque Police Department.  He is cross-commissioned with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy as an investigator.  Brian has been qualified as an expert witness, in reference to narcotics investigations and methamphetamine labs, in New Mexico State and Federal courts.  He teaches the Clan Lab Certification course as well as Site Safety Officer course.  He designed and assisted implementation of the methamphetamine lab program for the Albuquerque Police Department.  Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice both from New Mexico State University.  Brian is co-author of the books: Narcotics Investigation:  Working and Surviving and The Methamphetamine Handbook: What You Need to Know.

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