INIA Training Classes

INIA Criminal & Drug Interdiction Seminar – 3 or 4 Days

Airport, Train, Bus, Parcels, Highway, Commercial Vehicles, Motel/Hotel, Storage Units, Asset Forfeiture, K-9 Interdiction Use

This course is designed for those working Interdiction in Airports, Bus Stations, Amtrak Stations, Package and Freight locations, HIghways, Hotel/Motel, Storage Units and for K-9 Handlers. After attending this seminar, an individual officer/agent will be totally prepared to begin work at any interdiction assignment. Also covered in this course are the basics of setting up an office, selecting personnel and organizing a task force. There will be an emphasis placed on Case Law and the legalities of both Consensual Searches and Detentions, Search Warrants, Courier Characteristics, Civil Liability and Interviewing are all topics discussed in depth.

Participants will be able to understand the fundamental and technical tactics, terminology, and problem areas of interdiction stops. Instruction will show the need to understand the relationship of interdiction stops to the fourth amendment. Students will obtain a working knowledge of the case law pertaining to vehicle stops and searches. The investigative procedures involved in suspect/defendant interviews will be emphasized. Vehicle content analysis, hidden compartments, document warrants, controlled deliveries of contraband, asset seizures, case debriefs, preparing reports and court testimony will be accentuated.

Below are Seminars Offered By INIA. INIA can combine/tailor topics and subject matter based on your departments individual needs and goals.

Airport Consulting

Ensuring a Safe Environment for Airline Passengers: The International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA) is concerned with the process of ensuring a safe environment for passengers utilizing International Airports. INIA members are recognized as the leading international experts in identifying both terrorists and narcotic couriers.Experienced / trained officers utilize combinations of computer generated information, civilian witnesses, intelligence sources and known characteristics of drug couriers to differentiate between legitimate passengers and those most likely to be engaged in criminal activity.

This investigative theory evolved from detectives and agents working airport details, formed during the 1970’s, to combat drug couriers. The result of developing these characteristics was instrumental in the setting of national standards, combined with a refinement of investigative techniques and theory. The International Narcotics Interdiction Association (Skynarc) was spawned from these efforts and has continued to be a catalyst for standardized national training. DEA International Training adopted this concept and is teaching it worldwide with great success. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has deployed the INIA”s concepts to combat terrorism.

INIA Capabilities

  • INIA experience, personnel, and innovation place I.N.I.A.. in a singular position.
  • INIA can implement a complete program for International Airports to detect and neutralize terrorist and smugglers.
  • INIA can accomplish this by providing the finest training, equipment, and computer technology.

Airport Interdiction – 2 Days

Airports are a vital part of our transportation system and are utilized out of necessity by the domestic and foreign criminal element. The interdiction units at the nation’s airports have a great opportunity to interfere with the actions of the criminals before and during the commission of crimes. After September 11, 2001, some law enforcement officials bought into the myth that security was so tight at the nation’s airports that narcotics traffickers would no longer use commercial airlines as a means of transporting contraband. INIA will show you why couriers/criminals are still using airports and the methods they are using to transport illegal narcotics and US Currency through airports.

Asset Forfeiture – 1 Day

This practical asset forfeiture course was designed with the interdiction/street officer in mind. The course will instruct students in a practical manner to make asset forfeiture understandable and easy to use. This course will cover in detail the steps necessary for a successful forfeiture case. These methods have been tested and are proven to be successful in the Federal system. In order to achieve a successful asset forfeiture program this course is a must.

Basic Narcotics Investigations – 3 Days

This course of instruction is designed for the veteran narcotics Investigator. This course of instruction is intended to provide veteran narcotics Investigators with information and practical skills utilized to conduct complex narcotics investigations in today’s ever changing environment. Students will be provided with various methods to conduct complex narcotics investigations in a rural and urban setting. Students will be exposed to telephone exploitation methods, pen-registers, mail covers, financial investigation, undercover operations, confidential sources, conspiracy (complex/dry) and other secrets of the trade. This course provides a formal understanding of how to conduct a complex narcotics investigation from the case initiation to the sentencing of the defendant. Students will be exposed to various modern methods of narcotics investigation.

Bus Interdiction – 1 Day

Narcotic couriers use buses that travel all over the US and Mexico to help facilitate their narcotics trafficking network. This is a field of interdiction which has generated much controversy and numerous appellate court decisions. It requires strict adherence to the latest policies and procedures mandated as a result of these decisions.

Canine Seminars For Interdiction and Narcotic Investigations – 2 or 3 Days

This training class is designed for canine handlers and unit supervisors. The classroom subjects include instruction in canine case law, court room testimony, handling techniques, training aid handling and storage, obtaining training aids, necessary equipment, canine and handler selection, unit supervision an how to use your canine effectively in interdiction and narcotic investigations.  Problem solving is stressed and discussed. On-site training will also be conducted at transportation centers.

Car Carrier Investigations – 1 Day

Narcotics trafficking organizations are continuously trying new methods of concealing shipments of contraband. Commercial auto shipping and freight companies and private aircraft continue to be utilized to conceal and transport narcotics. This class will discuss identifiable characteristics of these methods.

Clandestine Labs – 2 Days

This course will focus on the equipment, chemicals and terminology associated with the illicit manufacturing of controlled substances, specifically Methamphetamine. A fully functional, mock, Methamphetamine lab will be on display with a demonstration of the manufacturing process. Recognition, safety and current trends will be discussed. Investigation techniques and strategies, along with case studies, will be presented.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Interdiction – 3 Days

This training is designed to assist law enforcement officers in the interdiction of criminals using a commercial motor vehicle.  It will provide the skills needed to make a rapid assessment of a commercial motor vehicle traffic stop.  This training will also show common concealment methods used by criminals to transport illegal items while in transit.

Consent and Detention – 1 Day

Consent searches and detention based on reasonable suspicion are at the heart of interdiction operations. All interdiction officers must be experts on this aspect of case law in order to lawfully perform their duties. As these encounters are based on indicators detectable to the trained professional and not probable cause and often performed in public, officers must conduct themselves not only lawfully but with utmost professionalism, courtesy and constant regard for ethical behavior.

Criminal Characteristics and Behavior Reaction – 1 Day

Criminal travelers, by the very nature of their purpose for traveling, often display similar characteristics which can be recognized by a trained and experienced interdiction officer.  In the current climate with the ever present efforts of the criminal and terrorist element to go undetected it is imperative for law enforcement to be able to separate the good guys from the bad.  The use of the consensual encounter does not negate the need for the interdiction officer to be able to articulate the characteristics which justified his approach to a traveler.

Electronic Security and Signature Management — 3 Days

In today’s world it is critical that Law Enforcement professionals effectively manage their electronic signature and identify potential threats, both operational and personal.  The Electronic Security and Signature Management (ESSM) program was developed by personnel formerly assigned to DOD Special Operations Forces (SOF).  ESSM provides dynamic, hands-on instruction on the vulnerabilities of electronic media taught by highly trained and experienced operational personnel.  ESSM is based on the tenet that the primary safety mechanism of a computer or mobile device is the user.  Instruction explores the principles governing data storage, processing, and transmission in order to construct good paradigms for how the digital world operates.  The ESSM end state is the ability for an individual to conduct rational risk analysis in an electronic environment.  This 3-day training course also touches on the use and vulnerabilities of Social Media as well as mobile devices.

Financial Investigations In Narcotic Cases – 2 Days

Every narcotics investigation is inherently tied to a financial investigation.  In this class you will learn how the investigations should be linked to not only bolster the financial case and your seizures, but also your narcotics case.

Fraudulent Credit Cards to Fund Narcotics Trafficking – 1 Day

A discussion of several recent and ongoing investigation in which the use of fraudulently manufactured credit cards, embossed and encoded with stolen credit card numbers utilized to purchase easily transferable items, gift cards and fuel which in turn is utilized to purchase, traffic and transport narcotics in what can only be defined as organized criminal activity.

Freight Investigations – 1 Day

Large quantities of drugs and money are routinely shipped cross country via truck through freight companies.  This course identifies the characteristics and methods utilized by drug traffickers who pay freight forwarding companies to transport their goods under the cover of legitimate shipments, thereby enabling successful proactive interdiction efforts.

Gang Investigations – 3 Days

This training class is designed to assist law enforcement personnel assigned to investigative or gang suppression units. The identification, investigation and prosecution of gang related criminal activity will be stressed. This course will cover gang sociology, structures and history. Black gangs, Hispanic, Asian, and white supremacists will be discussed in depth. The criminal activities of these gangs will be examined with emphasis on drug sales and violence. This course will allow the individual investigator to detect gang activity, identify the membership and have a comprehensive plan to address the threats posed by these organizations.

Highway Interdiction – 3 Days

This is an advanced course in highway drug and criminal interdiction. It is designed for patrol officers at all levels of experience. It will be invaluable for narcotics investigators assigned responsibilities for post seizure/arrests initiated by patrol officers. Participants will be able to understand the fundamental and technical tactics, terminology, and problem areas of interdiction stops. They will be taught to comprehend the five elements of a successful interdiction strategy. Instruction will show the need to understand the relationship of interdiction stops to the fourth amendment. Students will obtain a working knowledge of the case law pertaining to vehicle stops and searches. The investigative procedures involved in suspect/defendant interviews will be emphasized. Vehicle content analysis, document warrants, controlled deliveries of contraband, locating hidden compartments, currency seizures, case debriefs, preparing reports and court testimony will be accentuated. Officers will also be taught interdiction techniques concerning commercial motor vehicles, focusing on an efficient strategy to approach and interview drivers of commercial vehicles to identify those operators who are transporting contraband and bulk currency.

Hotel/Motel Knock & Talk Investigations – 1 Day

Couriers traveling by mass transit and other means often stay at hotels and    motels near major transportation terminals. They tend to display certain characteristics as guests that are identifiable to the trained professional.

Indoor Marijuana Grows – 2 Days

This indoor, cannabis cultivation investigator’s course, is designed to equip investigating officers and support personnel with the tools necessary to detect, prosecute and testify in these cases. Covered in this class will be cannabis horticulture, cloning and germinating plants, and cultivation equipment. How to locate and investigate indoor grows and the use of thermal imaging will be discussed in depth. Numerous case studies and investigations will be examined and critiqued.

Informant Management – 2 Days

This course is a comprehensive approach to informant management. Course topics include:

  • Determining informants motivation
  • The concept of reliability and timeliness
  • Meeting with the informant
  • Interviewing informants
  • Paying of informants
  • Documentation of informants and their contacts
  • Utilizing informants in undercover operations
  • Red flags
  • Disclosure rules and strategies
  • Special problems

Internal Carriers – 1 Day

As a result of increased security and screening at airports around the world narcotics traffickers are increasingly using human internal carriers to smuggle their narcotics and other contraband.  The internal carrier often displays characteristics that set them apart from the legitimate traveler.

Mexican Drug Cartels and Border Violence – 1 Day

No matter where you are located in the United States, your narcotics investigations are probably affected by the cross border violence occurring on the Southwest Border of the United States. This class gives the history and current status of the Tijuana Drug Cartel.

Non-Drug Evidence:  More Valuable than the Drugs to Obtain a Conviction – 1 Day

Narcotic investigators and prosecutors face four defenses which are raised time and time again by the defense bar at trial:  1.) I didn’t have anything to do with it; 2) I didn’t know about it; 3) That’s not mine; and 4) It’s mine but I don’t distribute it.  Armed with the knowledge of these recurring defenses, investigators can focus on the non-drug evidence which establishes knowing and intentional criminal drug conduct.  This course is designed to help you identify this critical evidence and provide you with the most recent case law to make sure the court will allow your prosecutor to use this evidence at trial.

Parcel Interdiction – 2 Days

The presentation will outline the characteristics and indicators common to parcels containing illegal narcotics. The course outlines methods utilized to assist the officer in developing partnerships with the main parcel companies to identify violators who use private carriers to facilitate narcotic and currency trafficking. The instruction includes case law issues, investigative techniques and safety issues to be concerned with in working parcel interdiction. The course will also detail methods of conducting controlled deliveries of parcels.

  1. Understand the mission of a Parcel Narcotics Interdiction Program
  2. Understand how to initiate a Parcel Narcotics Interdiction Program
  3. Cooperation with Parcel Company Management and Staff
  4. Review indicators and characteristics utilized by drug traffickers using parcels to ship drugs and currency
  5. Gain knowledge of drug smuggling trends and methods
  6. Understanding officer safety methods, in regard to conducting controlled deliveries
  7. Review of case law concerning drug parcel interdiction

Pharmaceutical Drug Investigations – 2 Days

Any officer that works in the field of narcotics has been impacted by the emergence of pharmaceutical abuse and diversion.  During this block of instruction, we will discuss how to decipher a prescription, which drugs are commonly diverted, methods used to obtain the pharmaceuticals and tips on how to build relationships and work with doctors and pharmacists.  The course will include detailed case studies from the beginning of the investigation all the way to successful prosecution.

Red Flags/Surveillance and Officer Safety – 2 Days

Dur­ing the class, the stu­dents will be exposed to video recre­ations and actual video footage of under­cover oper­a­tions that resulted in the death, injury and rob­bery of the under­cover offi­cer.  The class will dis­cuss what “Red Flags” were present and over­looked which played a fac­tor in each inci­dent. The stu­dent will learn how to stop prob­lems before they take place. Some of the high­lights include: money flashes, weapon acces­si­bil­ity, com­pla­cency, super­vi­sors’ respon­si­bil­ity, case agent respon­si­bil­ity, under­cover offi­cer devel­op­ment, case plan­ning and briefing/debriefing. Some other impor­tant points cov­ered will be “red flags”, how to detect them and avoid dis­as­ter. Tac­ti­cal plan­ning involv­ing lethal attacks on the U.C. and run­ning the field oper­a­tion are also dis­cussed.

Rental Car Investigations – 1 Day

This class will provide the investigator with insight into what to look for when dealing with rental cars used by suspects.  The types of flags that should help identify the rental car; specific things to look for on the contracts; what are terms and conditions of a rental agreement and how that can help with a follow up search of the car.

Small Aircraft Investigations – 1 or 2 Days

Since September 11th the Transportation Security Administration and US Customs has hardened the target at the major airports throughout the country.  This has caused narcotics traffickers and terrorists to look for alternative ways to accomplish their goals. Law enforcement has reacted to the threat by training officers/agents on how to detect and interdict these threats everywhere except small airports. The size of the problem is another concern.  There are hundreds of thousands of small airports and clandestine landing strips throughout the country. This course will provide an officer with the tools to successfully combat narcotics traffickers using small aircraft to traffic narcotics

Social Media/Craigslist Investigations – 1 or 2 Days

Social Media and Internet Investigations (for the Narcotics Enforcement Detective)
Many of the criminal suspects today do not remember a world without the internet. This course will train officers to investigate illegal activity conducted on the internet through the use of Facebook, MySpace, Craigslist, Backpage and more. Many suspects have strayed from the use of cell phones to conduct their drug sales and have begun to use different internet methods to communicate with customers. Also officers will learn to gather information and valuable intelligence on gang members and drug suspects through the internet. As an investigator, the internet can be a valuable resource that is not utilized to its potential. During this course of instruction you will discover the many ways criminals are visible on the Web. Students will learn how the Internet is used to sell illegal drugs, stolen property, and prostitution through various web sites. During this course you will also be given instruction on running sting operations on the internet and the tools you will need to complete the undercover operations. You will also be instructed how to capture photographs and discover the location the photographs were taken to
help identify suspects and their residences. Instruction will be given on the different methods to capture web sites, videos and images from internet sites that will aid you in the prosecution of criminal cases. You will be given instruction, resource information, and online tools to begin these types of investigations and to give you the edge you need to be more successful.

Training will include:
• Introduction to Social Networking and Media
• Psychology of social networking users
• Criminals and social media
• Using YouTube to your advantage
• Active social media investigations techniques
• Setting up your own covert undercover account
• Maintaining covert accounts

Tactical First Responder – 2 or 3 Days

The Tactical Medics International Tactical First Responder course is designed for Narcotics Officers and other Law Enforcement Officers who may be required to provide emergency medical support to themselves or other law enforcement officers, during undercover operations or in an austere environment. This concept is widely practiced in the military and is often referred to by other names, including; Law Enforcement Life Saver, Save Yourself – Save Your Partner, Self-Aid – Buddy-Aid, Combat Life Saver, First Responder Plus, or Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

This course is NOT the Basic First Responder Course taught at Law Enforcement Academies.

Temptation to Prison – 1 or 2 Days

In 2002 OCDETF investigation “Operation Tarnished Badge” began. This investigation lasted from 2002 until 2009, and has lead to several other corruption investigations. To date this is the largest law enforcement corruption investigation that has occurred in the State of North Carolina. Thirty three individuals, including 22 law enforcement officers, have pleaded guilty of which most have been sentenced to Federal Prison. An additional 11 law enforcement officers, had their North Carolina Law Enforcement Certifications reviewed by North Carolina Training and Standards. Crimes committed in the investigation included theft of special funds, theft from interdiction stops, falsifying reports, perjury, kidnappings, shootings, arson, civil rights violations, distribution of drugs and weapons. The information that was obtained from the convicted officers helps law enforcement understand the need for oversight and management as well as ethical behavior to maintain the public trust. The presentation will give techniques for managing unethical behavior, recognizing and investigating corruption in a law enforcement agency.

Terrorism Interdiction – 2 Days

Criminal profiling at major transportation centers (airports, train stations, bus stations and ports of entry) has been developing since the nineteen seventies. Profiling was initiated as a response to drug organizations utilizing transportation centers to facilitate their crimes. Techniques were developed and continuously refined to identify passengers who were at risk of being involved in criminal activity. These techniques apply to potential terrorists as well. Terrorist organizations are forced, by the nature of their organizational goals, to utilize transportation centers to move people, money and material. While traveling through these centers, the terrorists are at their most vulnerable to detection and arrest.

Criminal profiling at transportation centers rests upon this premise: criminals (which include terrorists) utilizing public transportation systems are forced, by virtue of the clandestine nature of their pursuits, to act and travel in ways that can be distinguished from that of legitimate travelers. This class focuses on utilizing the tools available at transportation centers, coupled with known criminal characteristics, to interdict terrorists and their criminal brethren.

This course is designed for those working in airports, bus stations, train stations, package, freight squads and border facilities. After attending this seminar, an individual Agent/Detective will be totally prepared to begin work at any interdiction assignment profiling terrorists, drug couriers and criminals. Covered in this course are the basics of setting up an office, selecting personnel and organizing a task force. Emphasis will be on the prevention of criminal organizations and terrorists from utilizing transportation centers to facilitate their crimes. Terrorism, Courier Characteristics, Civil Liability and Interviewing are all topics discussed in depth. Computer analysis will be explained, along with the newest investigation techniques.

Train Interdiction – 1 Day

Train Interdiction is one of the many strategies used to combat the flow of drugs and bulk currency to and through our communities.  There are many techniques used to start and maintain a successful Train Interdiction Program.  This presentation will expose the attendee to these techniques which will assist in starting a Train Interdiction Program, or give the attendee another tool to use in an already successful program