PROGRAM IMPACT

Thousands of men and women in law enforcement receive training from MCTFT each year.  Training is delivered in a variety of formats, from a traditional classroom setting, mobile training teams, online classes, DVD’s, multimedia broadcasts and videos, to conferences, all with a single purpose: to enhance their abilities to combat drug related crimes and transnational threats and their effect on our great nation.  Our training statistics show the millions of students who have benefited from our training.  Click here to reach us!

Training Statistics

Effective cable television channel reach, identified as public
or government access indicated as carrying program.

October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2008: 309,166,615 students

October 1, 2008 to Present: 61,760,810 students

Total trained, excluding cable reach:

FY 03-04 – Oct 1, 2003 – Sept 30, 2004: 483,815 students

FY 04-05 – Oct 1, 2004 – Sept 30, 2005:  749,990 students

FY 05-06 – Oct 1, 2005 – Sept 30, 2006:  910,496 students

FY 06-07 – Oct 1, 2006 – Sept 30, 2007:  811,557 students

FY 07-08 – Oct 1, 2007 – April 30, 2008: 480,809 students

FY 08-09 – Oct 1, 2008 – Sept 30, 2009: 410,105 students

The Reason We Train

Mexican Raid Underscores Importance of Counterdrug Training

The five National Guard counterdrug programs operating across the country play a critical role in our nation’s fight against illicit drugs flowing into this country.  By training law enforcement and members of the military in a wide range of drug related topics they are better prepared to meet this ongoing threat to their communities. Without the National Guard’s counterdrug program’s support of training initiatives that reach from small, rural departments, to agencies along our southern and northern borders, as well as large metropolitan police departments, the resources that Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) have at their disposal can quickly overwhelm law enforcement’s efforts to stop drug trafficking.

The sheer magnitude of the problem however does not always get the public attention necessary to put this growing crisis into perspective.  In 2007, Mexico, with assistance from the United States, conducted a raid on the home of the head of just one of the major Drug Trafficking Organization in the outskirts of Mexico City.  What they found astonished law enforcement officials here and in Mexico.

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Mexican law enforcement standing guard over a small
portion of the money confiscated during this raid.

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A large and deadly assortment of weapons
were also found in the home.

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$22 million dollars in confiscated cash,
just part of the money found during the raid.

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More cash stored in the house.
This cabinet contained only $100 dollar bills.

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1.5 million dollars located in a single suitcase.

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18 plastic bins filled with $100 dollar bills
were also located in the home.

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Stacks of even more $100 dollar bills

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Columbian, Mexican, and Chinese currency worth
millions in US dollars were also discovered. The total
amount of money seized during this raid topped $205 million dollars.

Testimonials

Testimonials

For over fifteen years, the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program has been delivering innovative narcotics training to law enforcement agencies and first responders across the country. Using more than 250 experts in over fifty topics, the training we provide has made a dramatic difference in this nations fight against illegal drugs.

Read our student’s testimonials from all over the nation:


2017

May

Dear MCTFT,

My sincere thanks to all of you for your recent assistance in coordinating, providing, and delivering a successful “Current Drug Trends” training May 16, 2017, on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi. The topic was most practical and timely due to the epidemic of drug trafficking and abuse in our country right now. Duane Tompkins did an excellent presentation with an abundance of information for our 77 law enforcement officers in attendance including local, state, and federal officers. I realize the amount of effort and work that goes into each of your exported training programs ,and am grateful once again for your professional, courteous, and quality training offered to our law enforcement. Thanks for what you do every day and best regards.

Randy Corban
Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of MS


2016

October

View the PDF letter from Mathew Bowen Johnson, Director at the Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center.


2013

October

Dear MCTFT,

I recently had the pleasure of viewing the final Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South command video. It was a wonderfully informative, accurate, entertaining, and professional production that captures our organization’s mission and structure. Your production team first visited JIATF South on 12 June 2012 and returned on 7 and 8 May 2013 to complete additional filming, interviews, and discussions. JIATF South appreciates your commitment to telling our story.

Your talented production team has forged a strong relationship with JIATF South and we applaud your contributions to the counter illicit trafficking mission. JIATF South is unique in our “whole of government” approach to this mission; your video will greatly assist us in communicating this approach clearly and concisely to community leaders, U.S. Government leaders and partner nation leaders.

This superb command video is now an integral part of our communication efforts and because of the creative way it is structured, it can be used alone or in conjunction with slide presentations geared to specific audiences. Without your support and funding, this would not have been possible.

Thank you and I look forward to future opportunities to work with your team of professionals.

Sincerely,
Stephen E. Mehling
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

Submitted: October 1, 2013


September

Dear MCTFT,

Just wanted to touch base and state for the record, the outstanding job you guys have down to enhance the safety and professionalism of our officers, here in rural Tennessee. As your aware, the United States Attorney along with the District Attorney General, usually don’t attend law enforcement trainings. But, at the recent gang class, both of them were there and addressed the group as well as the local media. I believe at that class we had in excess of 130 folks. At the two day class on gangs earlier in the year we had in excess of 150, I believe. And what you have done is a first. We now have probation/parole officers talking and working with law enforcement in some of the high crime areas due to their mutual trainings and interest in certain defendants. A first for this state.

I’m not up high enough in the food chain to know the future, but without the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training, a lot of the small and mid-size departments are going to be left out in the cold. The best example would be the recent three day class on Highway Vehicle Stops and the Drug Trafficker. We had some departments travel 60 or more miles just to attend the training. We had the Director of Curriculum, and his assistant, from the Tennessee Correctional Academy drive three hours to attend the class. (All Probation/Parole Officers are now commissioned, armed, with police powers). And what was unbelievable was that after the class, folks stayed around to talk to the instructors. The two instructors didn’t leave for in excess of one hour answering questions, talking with the officers. This is far beyond what I’ve experienced in the past from other training venues.

If there is anything we can do to help with the continuation of your Program, please let me know. In over 40 years as a commissioned officer, this is the best expenditure of funds I have ever seen.

Sincerely,
Bob Anderson, Director
Madison County Department of Community Correction

Submitted: September 10, 2013


Dear MCTFT,

I want to thank you for all the training you have provided my agencies in Tennessee over the last few years. The speakers have always been very professional and the training of the highest quality. I’m not sure what we will do without your service in the future. Training is so important in law enforcement and quality training (like you provide) is hard to find.

Please keep in touch and I hope we are able to work together in the future.

By the way, the training you recently provided in Jackson and Chattanooga were both a great success! The response from my agencies was all positive. Good job by the speakers and your staff!

Sincerely,
Jay C. Balée
West/Middle TN Law Enforcement Coordinator
Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)

Submitted: September 10, 2013


April

Dear MCTFT,

We graduated 28 students from the Clandestine Lab Certification Class. We really appreciate your help and support in getting this class presented.

The staff from St. Pete did a great job. I got very good feedback from the students who attended.

Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help you, at any time.

Sincerely,
Phillip W. Price, Commander
Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad

Submitted: April 29, 2013


February

Dear MCTFT,

The California Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA) would like to extend our appreciation to you and the Multijuristictional Counterdrug Task Force Training program for the classes recently presented by Peter Boyce.
Peter presented his class, The Lawsuits Are Out To Get You, on four different dates throughout California.
I attended the class in Sacramento and found Peter to be an outstanding instructor. His knowledge and experience were clearly evident and he was able to deliver his information in a manner that was easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed his class and so did our members.
Because of MCTFT’s commitment to law enforcement, Peter trained 275 officers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Dublin.
Please extend our appreciation to Peter Boyce for a job well done, and once again, thank you for supporting the training efforts of CNOA, and our goal of providing law enforcement officers the knowledge to perform their duties safely and professionally.

Sincerely,
Gil Van Attenhoven
CNOA Director of Training

Submitted: Feb 22, 2013


Dear MCTFT,

I am Johnathan Bragg, and I was in the class in Greenville, South Carolina that you taught a couple weeks ago. I wanted to start by saying that you are an awesome instructor. We had a lot of officers in that class and we have never had anyone come out of a class and praise the instructor as much as everyone did about you. I am the public information officer for the department now, however I learned things from your class and wish that I would have had the opportunity to take the class while I was on the road. In the little time that has passed several officers mentioned how much they have missed on traffic stops alone, and already we are making stronger cases and finding more off of traffic stops. I am interested to see if there is anything else that you teach or any other classes that you offer. We would love to send officers, including myself to these classes if so. Finally, thank you for coming and doing what you do. Stay Safe!

Sincerely,
PFC J. D. Bragg
Dept. Emergency Services & Public Protection
Public Information Officer/ Recruiter
Greenville, SC

Submitted: Feb 26, 2012


2012

December

Dear MCTFT,

The recent two courses were a tremendous success. The class on Bath Salts, Opiates and Criminal Interdiction instructed by Captain Christopher Martin and Advanced Tactics for Criminal Patrol instructed by Sgt. Mike Connor were well received by @ 118 police officers. It was a pleasure to read the course critiques on the instructors wealth of experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, motivation and professionalism. I read repeated comments stating “this was the best course” and “make it a day longer”.

The programs you have provided us have been needed and necessary due to our limitations with continuous budget cuts and unfortunately probably more in the near future. I can’t thank you enough for your support, cooperation and efforts. Please keep us in mind for any available classes Ct can continue to host…we are willing and able!

Best wishes for the holiday season.
Susan E. Rainville, Director Field Services
Dept. Emergency Services & Public Protection
Police Officer Standards & Training Council
Meriden, CT

Submitted: Dec 10, 2012


October

Dear MCTFT,

Good morning from Shenyang, China. I wanted to provide you feedback on the distance learning opportunity that you allowed U.S. Mission China personnel to partake in earlier this year. The Intro to Interviewing and Interrogation course was well received and I received nothing but positive comments from personnel who have completed the course. As a matter of fact, my other counterparts from other U.S. Missions inquired if they could also register for this course.

Thank you again for your assistance.
Robert M. Baggett
Assistant Regional Security Officer-Investigator
U.S. Consulate General Shenyang, China

Submitted: Oct 8, 2012


September

WI Dells Testimonial


August

Dear MCTFT,

I attended your wiretap class this week and wanted to tell you that was sincerely one of the best classes I have taken. I’ve taken tons of courses, but rarely do you walk away with so much knowledge that you can apply and use to bury thugs underneath piles of evidence.I enjoy solid, long term, cases with overwhelming evidence so I really appreciated the class. Thanks for teaching with such passion and doing what you did when you were on the job— the gangs you took down were pretty impressive. My police department is over 500 and in the past ten years, the only wires that have been done were for dope. No other units consider using them. Its a shame.

Have a safe trip back home and thanks again for being a cop’s cop.
Detective Robert Mauro
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
Criminal Investigations Division
Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Submitted: Aug 31, 2012


June

Dear MCTFT,

I just finished attending the Intercept of Secure Communications course you gave in San Antonio. I wanted to contact you in regards to the information you presented yesterday, which was really informative. Being a HIDTA Intelligence Analyst we assist various agencies with their telephone needs (analysis, tracking, forensics, etc). I was wondering if it was possible to get copies of sample subpoenas/search warrants you all use to request information from the service providers (for call detail records, subscriber info, Verizon Ranging (RTT) reports, text message activity, etc). I am always interested in seeing on how other agencies request information. It ensures that we have our subpoena/search warrant verbiage as up to date and/or comprehensive as possible. We always like to make sure we can obtain the most from our legal demands…and comparing what we use on a daily basis to other experts in this field helps keep us on our toes…

I would be extremely grateful in any information and/or templates you can provide. I was also wondering if you give any other type of training?

I also wanted to thank you for the information you went over in class yesterday…In my experience its hard to find Tech Agents that are willing to share their knowledge/techniques with others and that make themselves available 24×7…that truly is a rare quality.

Thank you in advance,
Ida Lopez
HIDTA Intelligence Analyst
Federal Bureau of Investigation
McAllen Intelligence Center

Submitted: June 7, 2012


April

Dear MCTFT,

We just finished the two day Advanced tactics for Criminal Patrol course. The instructor, Sgt. Mike Connor, was outstanding. The course reviews being forwarded will speak for themselves, however I’m compelled to add to the reviews. Mike was very knowledgeable and quite obviously a subject matter expert. His presentation was a reflection of his enthusiasm, energy, and passion for what he does professionally in law enforcement. He is welcome back anytime… in fact, I would love to bring him back in another year or two. He is a real credit to your program at St Petersburg College and the Maryland State Police. Thanks again for bringing your program’s course to Idaho.

Regards,
Dick McKenna
Planning and Training Unit Supervisor
Boise Police Department

Submitted: April 26, 2012


Dear MCTFT,

I have been working in Law Enforcement for almost twenty years. During most of those twenty years, I have dealt with various gangs on Long Island.

Along with that, investigations have shown that many gangs use various types of secret signs, codes, symbols and ciphers. I have encountered many of those during my career in Law Enforcement. I have deciphered some of the coded letters simply because of my experience over the years working gangs.

I also have trained Correction Officers at a National Conference on the subject of Gang Codes & Ciphers. However, recently I attended [for the second time] GS Klivans’ Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training class on Gangs: Secret Signs, Codes & Symbols sponsored by NY/NJ HIDTA. Although I have seen some of the codes that the local gangs use, Klivans’ training was very informative and covered many of the areas not taught elsewhere.

HIDTA continues to bring “top notch” Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) classes to local Law Enforcement Officers at no cost to them, or their agency. I have attended training by HIDTA on subjects such as Courtroom Testimony, Gangs, Interview/Interrogation, Secret Signs, Codes & Symbols and much more. Thanks to HIDTA for offering this free training in these difficult financial times.

Regards,
Eddie Callaghan
Nassau County Sheriff’s Department
Gang Intelligence Unit

Submitted: April 2, 2012


February

Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, thank you for facilitating this program. The attendees’ evaluations were very positive as you likely have seen from the program evaluations we previously sent you. We are most appreciative of your continued efforts in bringing quality programming to our attorneys and law enforcement personnel.

I look forward to working with you on the upcoming programs in March and June, 2012.

Thanks,
Brendan Ruane, AAG
Director, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute

Submitted: February 14, 2012


Dear MCTFT,

I am a Detective in North Carolina who recently attended the MCTFT class on Wire Interception held at ROCIC in Nashville, Tennessee in mid-2011. Jerry Stanaszak and Jeff Portz were the instructors. Since the class I have also attended a wire interception course taught by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation attended a course. I found Mr. Stanaszak’s presentation to be an invaluable tool in completing my agency’s first application for Wire Intercept. Prior to attending the course, the procedures for conducting this type of investigation were intimidating. Mr. Stanaszak was able to show, through his outline and presentation, that this type of investigation can be accomplished at my level of law enforcement. The results of the investigation are yet to be seen but I anticipate it will be as successful if not more than as any other I have conducted due the powerful nature of the “tool” that is wire interception.

Thanks,
(Name withheld on request)

Submitted: February 6, 2012


January

Dear MCTFT,

I just wanted to send you a note and let you know that Greg Harlin, the instructor for the Interviews and Body Language Techniques class was fabulous. The students were very pleased with his presentation. If possible I would like to request this class again due to the fact that I received 175 applications and I was only able to confirm 55 students. This is a very popular class and I have so many interested in attending, if I can get it again.

Thanks,
Madelyn Willis
Training Coordinator
SFLHIDTA-JTI

Submitted: January 25, 2012


2011

November

Dear MCTFT,

I would just like to take a moment to thank you for arranging the Canine Narcotics Operations class to be held here in Brewer Maine. The class was excellent. I saw agencies come together that had never trained together before put their training opinions aside and work together to learn a new (and extremely effective) method of training.

Frank, Tim, Mark and Corey did an outstanding job…the only complaint we had was that the seminar wasn’t longer!! We wanted more! 🙂 That says a lot about your instructors and the material they presented. I can’t say enough about them…great group of guys, we really had fun with them and learned a lot. Everyone I spoke to who took the class said they would take it again in a heartbeat.

I know I saw a big improvement in my detector canine and heard a lot of the other attendants say the same.

Thank you again and I look forward to training with the guys again someday…

Respectfully,
Amy Nickerson
Brewer Police Dept/DEA Task Force

Submitted: November 1, 2011


October

Dear MCTFT,

Attached are the class evaluations for the Interview & Interrogation class. I also wanted to let you know that I heard so many positive comments on both the class and the instructor. Gary was great to work with and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the opportunity to offer this class to our officers and the officers of surrounding agencies for FREE. Wow, what an awesome opportunity you gave us!!
The most common complaint I heard, was that they wanted more training and more time. Can’t beat that for a complaint!

Thanks again,
Jolene Brakke
Administrative Secretary
Cody Police Department
1402 River View Drive
Cody WY 82414

Submitted: October 10, 2011


Dear MCTFT,

I just wanted to take a moment and like many others, thank you for your class and insight. I attended your interrogation class in West Valley City, UT in September. Since then, I have tried to apply the things I learned in your class. I could not believe how obvious the cues were when you know what to look for. One example I’d like to share was involving a female who took her baby from the women’s shelter without permission and was hanging with a guy she shouldn’t have been. I started asking her the questions that would make her think and followed her eyes. I did this about 3-4 times and was able to establish a good baseline. As soon as I asked an incriminating question, her eyes went to the complete opposite side and her hesitation said it all. I have reviewed a few statements provided by both victims and suspects. I have been able to find the holes and where missing information is, leading to a more thorough investigation. Other members of my department have even had me review some statements and without knowing anything about the case, i was able to point out an existing bad relationship between a male suspect and girlfriend.

I am thankful to have been able to attend your class and have requested with my department to attend an FSA class.

Thanks again and God bless,
Matt Post

Submitted: October 12, 2011


August

Dear MCTFT,

First I would like say that I attended one of your courses for the first time, the SCORE training at the SPC Allstate Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and I was very impressed. The instructors were knowledgeable, friendly, and motivated. The resources were excellent. And, the “hands on” portion was very informative. I have registered to participate in your on-line courses, and have ordered the Drugs in America for Law Enforcement DVD. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

Deputy Michael D. Funk
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, FL

Submitted: August 6, 2011


July

Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for producing and providing these discussion-building and educational programs. We have drug/alcohol issues in our community and this program, among other things, also provides a link to knowledge tools outside those of our limited-resource rural area We are a Public Access television station and therefore do not provide programming. But a local volunteer stepped forward to submit the shows as a series. We play each show for about a month – at different times; several broadcast slots a week.

Keith

Submitted: July 9, 2011


Dear MCTFT,

Tour productions are consistently high quality and timely topics. I try to view every one and we use replays with our Coalition volunteers for training. I have referred your sight to other prevention professionals on the area. I look forward to the new offerings.

Susan

Submitted: July 8, 2011


Dear MCTFT,

Please keep up this imporant work. Parents, community members, faith leaders that I encourage to watch these programs that I help bring to our local cable station are invaluable. I would like to know if you’d create PSA of your programs that local cable show producers such as myself can use in our programs. Thanks

Ritchie

Submitted: July 8, 2011


April

Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU!!! Our agency as well as several other agencies benefited from this training immensely! All four instructors, Frank Campbell, Bill Ridgeway, Mark Robertson and Scott Brannen did a wonderful job! There were two K9 trainers in this class that have been K9 handlers for 10 plus years…they both came to me to express thanks and let me know how wonderful/informative this training was to them as well. I wanted to pass along this class photo…not all the handlers were able to get their dogs in the picture and we are missing one K9/K9 Handler who couldn’t be present for the picture taking! Hope you enjoy and thanks again!

Inv. Brianne Shaut & K9 Raven
VICE/Interdiction Unit
Special Investigations
Tallahassee Police Department

Submitted: April, 2011


February

Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the Personnel Security Investigations Division of the National Security Agency, I wish to extend my appreciation for your presentation of the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Training Center’s Interview and Interrogation Course to a cadre of NSA Special Agents. The feedback received from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as “Mr. Aschenbach was engaging, extremely knowledgeable and utilized relevant material,” “the best Security course I’ve attended” and “I was able to use what I learned in the first case I ran after this class.” Special thanks also for tailoring the course to meet the specific needs of NSA Agents. I would certainly welcome a return visit to afford other NSA Security professionals the opportunity to enhance their investigative skills as well. For your dedication to educating and providing Security professionals with invaluable investigative tools, I sincerely thank you.

Jacqueline R. Clark.
Chief, Personnel Security Investigations

Submitted: February, 2011


January

Dear MCTFT,

Back in July, 2010 (21-22) MCTFT provided a first class Meth Lab training hosted by FSA and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Chipley, Fl. You may know this is a rural area in the Panhandle of Florida where training is often neglected. The instructors Brian Sallee and Bruce Liebe were able to connect well with the class and delivered an awesome and informative class. This was no surprise to me because of my familiarity with the MCTFT work product. At the end of the class Sheriff Haddock thanked all concerned and reinforced the real need of that training for his people and the law enforcement community in that area.
Yesterday our Executive Director Steve Casey was at the capitol at a drug law hearing and ran into Sheriff Haddock and his Chief of Investigations Captain John Braxton who were there testifying. They relayed this story. They had wanted to thank FSA and MCTFT for that class back in July. It seems that they went from almost no meth lab cases being made previous to the training to shutting down seventy labs in the six months since the training.
To me this exemplifies what the mission of MCTFT has always been about and the importance of keeping it going so that communities like Washington County can be made a safer place to live for its citizens.

Roy P. Hudson Jr.
Law Enforcement and Training Coordinator
Florida Sheriffs Association

Submitted: January 12, 2011


2010

August

Dear MCTFT,

I attended your class on Hotel / Motel Interdiction in Lubbock, TX in April of this year. It was outstanding! We have been diligently working on our program and have had our first success since it was initiated. We received information of narcotic activity at a local hotel. Throughout my investigation and surveillance I noticed other indicators, thanks to your class. We recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, U.S. currency, and a sophisticated counterfeit check making operation with equipment.

Captain N. Simpson
Hockley County Sheriff’s Office

Submitted: August 15, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I serve as Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. I attended your Domestic Drug Interdiction classseveral months ago. I had my first big drug siezure last week, a kilo of cocaine. It was because of your training I was successful in the drug bust. Thank you! I reallly learned a lot in the class.

S. Healy
Trooper, Massachusetts State Police

Submitted: August 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I took the Current Drug Trends class last week, and it is amazing how relevant and timely the information is. Especially your information on “K2 or Spice”. Just this week I became aware of the issues with it in Ft Worth and Dallas, TX.

J. Mook Deputy Investigator,
Gang Suppression Unit
Homeland Security Bureau

Submitted: August 2010


July

Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to let you know the officers who attended the Criminal Street Gangs class gave it great reviews. They said it was one of the best in-service training classes they have attended.

Lt. R. Perkins
College of Southern Nevada Police Department
North Las Vegas, NV

Submitted: July 14, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to let you know that your entire staff and all of the adjunct instructors did an excellent job at the surveillance course recently held in Nashville, Tennessee.  They are to be commended for a job well done.  I received nothing but positive feedback from all of the officers that attended the course.

Tim Lane
17th Judicial District Drug Task Force
Shelbyville, TN

Submitted: July 13, 2010


May

Classical Christian School for the Arts – Everest Challenge 2010 – PDF


Dear MCTFT,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to attend the Conspiracy Investigation Class. I was most impressed with your outstanding instructors. I received the finest quality of instruction. The instructors voiced important issues and provided the most thorough class I have ever attended. I felt that the instruction I received from them has strengthened my knowledge as an investigator in so many areas. When the opportunity presents it self I feel confident that I will be able to initiate a conspiracy investigation.

Senior Deputy R. Rocamontes
Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Submitted: May 7, 2010


April

Letter of Appreciation – Captain K. Marsee, Anderson PD, SC – PDF

Submitted: April 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I took your interview and interrogation class last year in Maine. You would be proud to know that I am keeping up with my studies in statement analysis, and have been using it every time I can. I have had successes in cases by applying the principles I learned in your class. The other officers at my police department have been handing over to me statements before they begin their interviews, and I have been advising them on what areas they need to concentrate on when beginning interrogation.

We have just had a big case come our way. After reviewing the case details and using the techniques I learned in your class, it seems to me that some details are fabricated. You have opened my eyes to something in law enforcement that I am so passionate about and I hope a conviction in this case will get the rest of the guys passionate about this great tool as well. Thanks again.

Officer C. Hayes,
PIPD

Submitted: April 4, 2010


March

Dear MCTFT,

As a retired Law Enforcement Officer with the New York City Police Department  and current instructor with the USMC in the Law Enforcement Program under the Department of Defense United States Army Provost Marshall Office, I am well aware of the importance of the Vehicle Contraband Concealment course for our Marines. I believe this course helps Marines be successful in their search methods to locate concealed compartments in vehicles.

Believe me when I say that even in the two day course, the material that will be gleamed and passed along will save Marines lives.

D. Young USMC, LEP
Camp Geiger, NC

Submitted: March 24, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for your training on the Talking Hands.  It was, in my opinion, the best training I have had. This training may stop a situation from happening that otherwise might arise due to verbal communications simply because we can now use other methods of concealable nonverbal communications. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm in the training.

C. Hines
SCDPPPS – Agent
Columbia, SC 29201

Submitted: March 23, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for your support to the National Guard Counterdrug Program’s FY 09 Regional Analyst Workshops. The dedication to duty, technical expertise, innovation and creativity was vital to the success of these workshops.

MP Lesniak, Lt. Col, USAF
Arlington, VA

Submitted: March 15, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, I would like to thank you for the excellent job at our event. Your instructors have allowed us to be informed of the issues involved and this will help us combat the illegal activity in our area.

Your contribution to the success of the 4th Annual SCINT Training Academy is greatly appreciated.

D.T. Floyd, Sgt
Director SCINT Oregon

Submitted: March 10, 2010


February

Police training goes to the dogs – Standard Journal 02/11/2010 – PDF


Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for facilitating the Elements of Successful Interview class. We had a great training experience. I look forward to more training at our facility.

Officer KM Johnson,
Academy Instructor / Career Development Coordinator
Birmingham Police Department

Submitted: February 25, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I really enjoyed your interview and interrogation class this week. If you could see my book it is full of notes and highlights! As a uniform I plan on using the techniques . Thanks for the great class.

B. Dimaculangan
Pinellas Park Officers

Submitted: February 6, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for coming to Sacred Heart Interparochial School and providing us with the Everest Challenge. It is beneficial for our students to learn about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. The wall really shows them how to overcome challenges and keep on going through life with a positive attitude. I hope you continue this program to teach more young people about their future.

A. Shannon,
School Principal, Sacred Heart Interparochial School

Submitted: February 2, 2010


January

Domestic drug interdiction classes held in Lamar – The Local Buzz 01/18/2010 – PDF


Dear MCTFT,

The interview and interrogation class has allowed me, and the investigative captain at my institution, to successfully obtain a confession from a corrupt medical employee. At the beginning of the interview, we had no evidence that the employee was involved, except information provided by an inmate that was involved, and the employee’s responses gave me the impression that she would be difficult to break.

The techniques you taught allowed us to intercept the contraband and uncover a scheme that posed a large threat to the safety of the public and officers.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your style of teaching, it has made me a better officer and that is something that I could never repay.

Sergeant C. Murray
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Maryland

Submitted: January 13, 2010


Dear MCTFT,

I attended your Mexican drug saints training in October of 2009 and wanted to thank you for the valuable and useful knowledge gleaned from the seminar. I have been running into a large number of Santa Muerte shrines, necklaces, candles and vehicle window stickers. I handle numerous drug trafficking and immigration cases. I have been working with officers from the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s and Constable Departments and sharing your knowledge with them. We are now dealing with Zeta members working in Houston.

Thank you for your help.
M. Cannon
United States Pretrial Services
Houston Texas

Submitted: January 5, 2010


2009

December

Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to thank you for coming to NJ and providing the Domestic Drug Interdiction class for us.  Your class was very informative and engaging. While dealing with people, sometimes we lose sight of how to handle encounters with them and after seeing your methods, I am able to fine tune my current interview techniques.

J. Theodoroleas
Jersey City Police Department
New Jersey

Submitted: December 21, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

The Interview and Interrogation class held in Radford, Va. was outstanding.  The instructor was great, very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you again for the excellent training.

F. R. Ferrell, Assistant Director
New River Criminal Justice Training Academy

Submitted: December 1, 2009


November

Law Enforcement canine units sniff out advanced techniques at Daytona State College, Daytona State College web site.


Dear MCTFT,

I attended your two day training in Cape Coral and I wanted to share with you how I applied your training. We boarded and inspected a vessel. After a brief interview where the subjects denied illegal activity, I requested permission to inspect part of the vessel. I observed one of the subjects and where he positioned himself during the inspection. We found the illegal items, which are hard to discover.

A. Brown
Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer

Submitted; November 24, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I want to let you know I was able to apply what I learned in class on the next case I was involved in. I used many of the skills taught to us in class, like going through statements and observations when interviewing, and I remembered the color code system. Thank you.

P. Garland
University Police

Submitted; November 24, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to thank you again for coming to RSW and doing the Interview and Interrogation class.  I have taken many training classes through TSA and your class has been one of my all time favorites.

R. Kelley
TSA / RSW_PGD
Fort Myers, FL

Submitted; November 23, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

The Asian Gang Investigators’ Association of California (AGIAC) would like to extend our warmest thanks to you and MCTFT again for your support and for providing classes at the 2009 International Terrorism and Organized Crime Conference, hosted in Anaheim, California. The conference gave the opportunity for networking and sharing of information, along with providing training on combating and preventing the rise of terrorism and organized crime. Our delegates discovered the information provided by your instructor’s very useful and inspired thoughts to share on the war against Terrorism and Organized Crime. The support from the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training helped guarantee a successful outcome of conferences such as ours. Our conference has allow law enforcement agencies such as yourself the opportunity to network and work cohesively with other local, state, & federal law enforcement entities.

The Asian Gang Investigators’ Association of California (AGIAC) (www.agiac.com) was founded in 1989 as a non-profit organization to foster relationships and networking among the various investigative units working Organized Crime and Gangs throughout California. Since the 9-11 incident in New York City, our association AGIAC has strived to better serve the needs of the law enforcement community by providing quality training in Terrorism and Organized Crime that will equip and assist law enforcement in combating this proliferating crime trend in a proficient and professional manner. Our association will be hosting future conferences like this to provide updated information. We look forward in working with MCTFT again, at next year’s conference, 2010 International Terrorism and Organized Crime Conference. The conference venue will be at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California and held on August 2-6, 2010. Once more, we like to express our appreciation to you, your agency, and staff for all of their help and support.

Sincerely,
Edward Yee President, AG.I.AC
District Attorney Investigator
Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Submitted: November 13, 2009


October

Dear MCTFT,

The instructors were great. We received a number of very positive comments about the training and it was some of the best we’ve had. Thanks again for you help, and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

C. O’Shields
S.C. Dept. of Juvenile Justice

Submitted: October 30, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your class very much. I learned quite a bit. I agree with the other students that have taken your class that said they would have liked another day or two. I will definitely recommend your class to all my co-workers.

Thank you,
D. Gill-White
Investigative Auditor – Financial Investigations Program
Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement

Submitted: October 23, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I was in your Patron Saints of the Drug Underworld class in Florence, AL. I was just writing you to let you know that your class was so informative and to say that the first three dope cases we have made since your class all had these Saints and prayer cards either in their car or possession! We even ran across Tweety Bird that led us right to some dope! GREAT CLASS!

S. Davis
Rogersville, Alabama Police Department

Submitted: October 13, 2009


August

Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for the excellent lecture and presentations regarding Gang Prosecution Techniques and Major Case Management. It was an awesome class and the techniques learned will be implemented into my Task Force as we target criminal organizations in Northern California with ties to Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras.

I would like to see AUSA prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers currently working OCDETF cases targeting CPOTS and RPOTS utilize “RICO,” utilize the Advanced Case Management and Prosecution System, and attend this training together.

G. P. Moore
Group Supervisor- Metro Task Force
San Francisco Field Division

Submitted: August 27, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I am the mother of the 17 year old that lost his life to an accidental overdose that is featured on your Not What the Doctor Ordered DVD. I wanted to let you know how pleased I am for doing such a wonderful job in telling my son’s story. I have shared this DVD with several groups within our community and it is currently being played at random on our local TV station.

Thanks again,
D. Forstrom

Submitted: August 7, 2009


July

Dear MCTFT,

The Highway Vehicle Stops class was the best class in my 18 years of Public Safety work. Thanks!

Mr. Jones
Police Department
Perry, Georgia

Submitted: July 16, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I’ve been to several Interview and Interrogation classes and none came close to helping me the way your class did.  Earlier this week two inmates got into a fight, they both said they were playing football and that’s how they explained the cuts and bruises. I had them write their statements out, I did just what you taught going through the words and finding things that don’t make sense and add up. I talked to them again afterwards and they both admitted to the fight.  After we locked them both up, they both apologized for lying to me and wanted to know how I figured out they weren’t injured playing football, when four Officers just let them go.  I just told him “they talked too much”, and neither one knew what I meant.  Thanks a lot for all you help.

Just in the last week the three of us that took your class have used it successfully on over a dozen situations involving inmate activities. The Warden was so impressed that she wants to train all of our Supervisors with your course.

Thanks,
Sgt. LaVon Hill
Ky. Dept. of Corrections

Submitted: July 8, 2009


June

Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to send a special thanks on behalf of the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association for assisting us with the 2009 IDOA/IJOA Summer Training Conference. I am truly humbled by M.C.T.F.T. mission and dedication to further the education of police officers throughout the county.

Sincerely,
Mr. Siegel
President, Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer Association

Submitted: June 19, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I attended the Undercover Operations Seminar in Brooklyn Heights Ohio. I wanted to say thank you very much for teaching the class.  I learned a lot from you and your experiences. I have your “golden rules”  drilled into my head.

I am trying to get into Cleveland’s Narcotics Unit and know all I learned will help me tremendously.  I now know that I have a very good foundation of how to do undercover work to start with.

Thank You very much!!
L. M. Bilko
Cleveland Police Department
Cleveland Ohio

Submitted: June 17, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

Thank you for arranging a great speaker to come to our event! We have received very positive feedback.

Crystal Baker,
Domestic & Sexual Violence Task force,
Medina County, Ohio

Submitted: June 6, 2009


May

Dear MCTFT,

I want to thank you and MCTFT the “Over Dose America and Career Strategies” training. The trainer kept the audience active at all times, even with a large crowd of over 137 people. Feedback from the attendees was very positive. I would and will recommend MCTFT to any agency looking for additional training.

LT. R. Rock Northern Regional Training Lieutenant
NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER
MALONE, NEW YORK

Submitted May 11, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the CAYSA Region VI conference planning committee, I would like to thank you for your contribution to a successful training symposium on May 4th. Your presentation on meth labs was very well received, and feedback from conference attendees was very positive. Your willingness to take time from your busy schedule is greatly appreciated.

K. McDaniel
CAYSA Region VI Assistant Vice President
Supervising Correction Counselor
Oneida Correctional Facility

Submitted: May 6, 2009


April

Dear MCTFT,

The Port Authority Police recently hosted a training conference in partnership with your organization. I would like to express our gratitude for the professionalism and consistency of your staff. The cadre of instructors were excellent!

This training was indeed priceless and we are again extending our sincere gratitude for your team of dedicated professionals.

Sergeant E. Hampton
Georgia Ports Authority
Police Department
Savannah, GA

Submitted: April 20, 2009


March

Dear MCTFT,

I was in attendance at the Domestic Drug Interdiction class in Salt Lake City, UT last week. The training presented was excellent. Have spoken to my admin and coordinated with our detective division and have concluded to start a Hotel Interdiction program in our city. I have spoken with one of our hotels and they are absolutely ecstatic about the program.

Thank you for your time,

S. Manookin
Clearfield City Police
Clearfield, UT

Submitted: Mar 31 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I just wanted to tell you again how much I enjoyed the Clan Lab Cert class last week in Tallahassee. I felt that in this class we had some of the best instruction possible. Again thanks and great job.

SA B.C. Hatton
FDLE
Panama City Beach

Submitted: Mar 23, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to say that all of the officers that I have spoken with thoroughly enjoyed Financial Investigative Techniques. The instructors were great!

Al Wysocki,
Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police in Norman, OK

Submitted: Mar 20, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

“There is no price tag I can put for the amount of FREE training that SPC has given me, I know it has saved my life (and others) a number of times on the streets and on the battlefield.”

Alex Somerson
Iraq Veteran

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Dear MCTFT,

A note to let you know that the two instructors for the Gang Class received glowing comments on the evals we do here internally. Some said these were the best instructors for any class they have attended. I sat thru much of the class and I would have to agree they are two of the best instructors we have hosted here at North Texas HIDTA.

Thanks for sending such great instructors for a very popular subject in this area.

“Lt. Dan” Cauble, Tarrant County SO Retired
Training Co-ordinator – North Texas HIDTA
Irving TX

Submitted: Mar 19, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the New York City Department of Investigation, I would like to thank you for your insightful courtroom testimony presentation given to our staff on January 28th and 29th, 2009.

The responses that I have received from staff members were extremely positive. By all accounts, the course was found to be invaluable.

We look forward to scheduling future courtroom training with you in the future.

Respectfully,
V. E. Green, Deputy Commissioner
Administration, Operations,Training and EEO
The City of New York Department of Investigation

Submitted: Mar 13, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I am employed by Gulf Coast Community Care in Tampa, Florida. My agency has been commissioned by the Hillsborough Criminal Justice Department to operate an Anti Gang Initiative program, designed to detour children ranging from ages 7 to 14 from entering into gangs or participate in gang activity. We have partnered with the FBI and founded the FBI Jr. Special Agent Academy.

As part of the class curriculum, the students must participate with some kind of physical activity to build teamwork, a positive attitude and good decision making skills that will help guide them into the right direction as they advance into adulthood. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s office directed me to your Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTF) program.

On March 7, 2009, at our facility in Tampa, your department stepped forward to help our FBI Cadet Class to accomplish this mission. Each student experienced this class and the wall climbing (The Everest Challenge) event. I can’t begin to explain how awesome this program was and how it enlightened these kids to experience this class. I will say this, it was absolutely Awesome!

On behalf of the Gulf Coast Community Care Agency, I want to thank you and the MCTF staff instructors for coming to our facility. It was the MCTF program that we needed to complete our program and to advance the first FBI Jr. Special Agent Academy class.

We have sent pictures of our March 7th event. Please thank your instructor staff for all of their efforts. They were efficient, professional, kind hearted to the children, and your staff demonstrated the leadership (we are proud to say) that we desperately wanted to educate the Cadets and send them forward.

We salute the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force and we thank your organization for allowing this program to be a part of the cadet’s experiences.

Sincerely,

Mr. Miller
Program Director
Passport To Success/Anti Gang Initiatives

Submitted: Mar 09, 2009


February

Dear MCTFT,

I was one of the patrol officers in your last class at the MD HIDTA Training Center. I don’t want to end my day until I tell you this story. When I began my patrol this morning, I told my partner all about the techniques that I learned in the last three days. I told him that I was going to interview someone today. At almost noon, I stopped a car for a window tint violation. I separated the occupants and began compiling my case. I got a confession from both people. Success!

Well, I don’t think I would be boasting to you if it was only this case. I began to push further and got one of them talking both in the field and eventually back at the station. Using the skills that I learned in the class, we are in the process of picking up the suspect in another case. Thanks again for the class!

Mr. McKeever
United States Park Police

Submitted: Feb 27, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the Department of General Services – Maryland Capitol Police, we wanted to express our appreciate to you for the training on Criminal Street Gang Investigations. It was extremely informative, and the class size and participation illustrated the importance of the topic to Police, and Corrections. We had seventy-three officers from nineteen different agencies in attendance.

SEPSI / MCTFT is an excellent source of quality training, and we appreciate your instructors personally taking time to provide us with the timely information. Their material was up to date, lively and brought home the importance of gang investigations.

Sgt. Eric Yealdhall
Grants/Training Coordinator
DGS Police – Baltimore Detachment

Submitted: Feb 25, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

First of all, I want to thank both of you very much for the class in Knoxville,TN. We all learned a lot and it has re-motivated us to get back out there & find the dope !!!!!!!!!

I have had other interdiction classes that was, say …. less interesting, not that I didn’t learn from them, but both of you just made “class” worth the drive !!!!!!!!

Thank you,
Chief Wright
Englewood Police Department

Submitted: Feb 17, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to write and personally THANK YOU for offering me, and other employees with the DHS Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the opportunity to participate in the St. Petersburg College Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training INTERVIEW and INTERROGATION course conducted at the Naples Sheriff’s Office with instructor Gary Aschenbach.

I am a fairly new TSA Inspector at Southwest Florida International Airport and the course and instructor were the best that I have attended since joining TSA in August 2007. Having attended many courses of instruction during a 30-year military career, the INTERVIEW and INTERROGATION course was by far one of the best and provided me with skills that I will be able to use not only as an Inspector with TSA but also for the rest of my life.

Respectfully,
Mr. Selavka

Submitted: Feb 12, 2009


January

Dear MCTFT,

I just wanted to pass this along to you and THANK YOU for all you have done
to bring the gang initiative to the forefront.  If it wasn’t for me sitting
in your class in Jacksonville about 2 years ago, none of these successes would be
possible.

I’ve learned a lot along the way, but you were my inspiration and you provided me with the foundation I needed.  I knew nothing until you came along.  You should be very proud of what you started and much, if not all, of this success is owed to you!

Thank you and Congratulations!

Mr. Weicholz
Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer
Office of Statewide Prosecution
Palm Beach Bureau Chief

Submitted: Jan 30, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

I wanted to drop a line and tell you a very simple success story. My first night on patrol back to work after attending your class in Ogden Utah I went to a suspicious person call. A known male was standing at the front door of his own residence where he had in the past few weeks, stole his cousins pay check, forged his signature, and cashed it. The suspect’s own family wouldn’t let him in the house because of the theft. I began interviewing the suspect where he began playing the “why would I take the check” game. I simply recognized him omitting the crime, I continued the conversation and told him that the check city where he cashed the check recorded him cashing the check and it had been confirmed that it was him (I didn’t threaten and I didn’t promise like you taught us).

To make a long story even longer he finally admitted to taking the check, forging his cousin’s name and cashing the check. I knew that I was about to get a confession when the suspect raised his hands in front of his mouth (in praying form) and began mumbling his words. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the night and began telling 10-15 year veterans about your class, this coming from a rookie only on the road for one year.

Thanks again,

Mr. Whitehead
West Jordan Police

Submitted: Jan 22, 2009


Dear MCTFT,

On behalf of the New York City Department of Probation, I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your dedication. It was through your efforts that quality education training was provided to our department.

The training subject matter was taught in a most informative and enlightening manner and was well received by our staff.

I appreciate the time and effort you took from your busy schedule to provide your invaluable assistance and expertise in this endeavor.

Sincerely,
Ms. Teo
Director of Training / Armorer
The City of New York
Department of Probation

Submitted: Jan 6, 2009


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BUSTED

Below are some of our successes in the fight against drugs.

Austin West - Jasper City Police Department, AL

Submitted by: Chief Edward Delmore,
Jasper City Police Department

MCTFT training received: Drug Interdiction Techniques

Types of drugs seized: Over a pound of marijuana and synthetic mixed together. Biggest find of my career so far.

Date of seizure: 05/17/2017

Event
Dear Chief Elmore, my name is Austin West, I am with Jasper city police department. I have been on the streets for a little over a year. I attended your drug interdiction class in Tuscaloosa the past week. I wanted to tell you that the class was one of the best classes I have ever been to. I learned a ton about where I have missed stuff, and messed up on traffic stops. Thanks to you I now know case law I probably never would have read. Overall I just wanted to thank you for the class and the experience.

Officer Austin West and found drugs

Kevin Connelly, Officer - Daytona Beach Police Department, FL

Submitted by: Officer Kevin Connelly,
Daytona Beach Police Department

MCTFT training received: Domestic Drug Interdiction

Types of drugs seized: 455.0 grams of high grade cannabis and 2,549.00 in US Currency

Date of seizure: 10/18/2012

Event
Officer Connelly conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to move over for another officer that was on a traffic stop (Move over law Violation). Upon contacting the driver, he was visible nervous and would not make eye contact with Officer Connelly. Officer Connelly detected the odor of fresh/raw cannabis emitting from the interior of the vehicle. A search revealed 455.0 grams of cannabis and 2,549.00 is US currency.

Connelly Seizure

Kevin Kessler, Corporal - Idaho State Police - District One Patrol, Coeur D’ Alene, ID

Submitted by: Corporal Kevin Kesler,
Idaho State Police-District One Patrol

MCTFT training received: Patrol Interdiction

Types of drugs seized: 80 pounds of high grade Marijuana

Date of seizure: 10/27/2012

Event
A Ford Explorer was stopped EB on Interstate 90 near milepost 47 for multiple traffic violations. The driver had driven from Fresno CA and was en route to Madison WI. The driver stated he was visiting old high school friends. The driver was a low income painter back in WI. I observed numerous indicators of criminal activity to include: overly nervous driver (cartoid artery pounding in neck, controlled breathing, lack of eye contact), overwhelming odor of masking scents, large amount of covered items in cargo area, duffle bag visible in rear seat under blanket, short stay at desitnation compared to a very long cross country trip, prior narcotics criminal history on driver. A K9 alert, by an assiting U.S. Forest Service Officer (Don Denison) with his partner “Kaliber”, led to a probable cause search. Search revealed 80 pounds of high grade Marijuana concealed in 7 duffle and waterproof bags.

Kessler Seizure

Kessler Seizure

Joseph A. Williams, Deputy - White County Sheriff’s Department, Sparta, TN

Submitted by: Deputy Joseph A. Williams,
White County Sheriff’s Department, Sparta, TN

MCTFT training received: Domestic Highway Interdiction and the Drug Trafficker

Types of drugs seized: 1378 grams of pure Psuedoephedrine

Date of seizure: 01/15/2011

Event:
On January 15th 2011, my partner (C. Capps) and I (J. Williams) observed a silver Ford Mustang make a U-turn in the road. Upon seeing our patrol vehicles, the passenger immediately slumped down in his seat and attempted to hide. Officer Capps then observed that the driver was not wearing a seat belt. We stopped the vehicle and recognized the passenger as an occupant in a recent police pursuit. Officer Capps then interviewed the female driver, and gained consent to search the vehicle. Upon searching, I found approximately three pounds of pure Psuedoephedrine that the male passenger had been sitting on top of. Officer Capps also found the components for a “One Pot” methamphetamine lab inside the vehicle. It is estimated that the methamphetamine that would have been produced by this amount of Psuedoephedrine would have a street value of approximately $100,000.

Fife Seizure

Fifle seizure

Tobin Volkman, Officer - Fife Police Department, Fife, WA

Submitted by: Officer Tobin Volkman,
Fife Police Department, Fife, WA

MCTFT training received: Domestic Drug Interdiction

Types of drugs seized: Cocaine 43 kilos

Date of seizure: 07/08/2010

Event:
We were conducting a pro-active prostitution and drug related enforcement at local truck stop. A male subject was seen parked in a vehicle behind the truck stop. Another male subject appeared from the bushes next to semi trucks carrying a black duffle bag. The male subject went back into the bushes and reappeared with two more large duffle bags. After attempting to contact the subjects, they took off at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued and ended down a dead-end street where 16 Police K9’s were training. Subjects attempted to flee on foot, but were taken into custody. A Fife Police Narcotics Detection K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained. A search of the vehicle found 43 Kilos of Cocaine located in the the black duffle bags. The semi trucks were not located.

Fife Seizure

Fifle seizure

Christopher Farkes, Master Deputy - Johnson County, Olathe, KS

Submitted by: Master Deputy, Christopher Farkes
Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office, Olathe KS

MCTFT training received: Patron Saints of the Drug Underworld, March 2010

Type of drug seized: Kilogram of Cocaine, 20K + in currency

Date of seizure: 3/19/2010

Event:
Vehicle was stopped for legal reasons.  During the stop, religious indicators, among other indicators, were noted.  A canine responded and hit on the vehicle.  A kilogram of cocaine and in excess of 20K USC was recovered. This happened less than 36 hours after the MCTFT class. Although the driver thought he was protected by a Santa Muerta tattoo and a La Nina Blanca necklace, he ended up going to jail.

Charles Kling, Patrolman - Clifton Police Department, NJ

Submitted by: Charles Kling, Patrolman, Clifton Police Department
Clifton, New Jersey

MCTFT training received: Highway Vehicle Stops and the Drug Trafficker. October 2009

Types of drugs seized: 1 kilo of cocaine, and 15.5 grams of marijuana

Event:
After motor vehicle stop of a 1990 Acura Integra, an odor of raw marijuana was detected. Myself and partner, Officer Harry Brock were able to pinpoint the odor to the rear passenger seat area. I observed the side panel of the vehicle to be very clean, without a “dust seal” and having the edge of the seatbelt tucked into the right upper corner of the panel. After some manipulation, I partially opened the trap and located 1 Kilo of cocaine along with 15.5 grams of marijuana. Kilo of cocaine was wrapped in a neoprene leg wrap. Also seized was $1000 which was payment for the driver’s attempted transportation of the Kilo from Paterson, NJ to Newark, NJ. Subsequent search warrant for house revealed an additional $3000 and 9mm bullets (no gun found). Later investigation revealed party paid $2000 to have the trap built into his vehicle which could be opened by depressing defrost, cruise control and driver up/down window button.

Christopher Conrad, FHP - St Augustine, FL

Submitted by: Trooper, Christopher Conrad
Florida Highway Patrol St Augustine, FL

MCTFT training received: Highway Vehicle Stops and The Drug Trafficker May 2008

Type of drug seized: 441 Xanax, 41 Oxycodone, 267grams Marijuana

Date of seizure: 3/24/2009

Event:
The vehicle was stopped for unlawful tint (5%), with a passenger side approach. Rolling papers were observed on the passenger seat. Pieces of cannabis were seen on the center console, and there was the odor of burnt marijuana. There was probable cause and search conducted. Inside of the trunk was a laptop bag containing contraband.

Chamberlin Wayne Neff III, HP - Salt Lake City, UT

Submitted by: Chamberlin Wayne Neff III, Trooper, and K9 “Tank”
Utah Highway Patrol Salt Lake City, Utah

MCTFT training received: Highway Vehicle Stops and the Drug Trafficker. October 2007

Types of drugs seized: $259,680 in cash.

Date of seizure: 10/26/2008

Event:
A rental vehicle was stopped for a lawful reason. The driver had driven from Atlanta to Utah in two days. The driver stated he was going to San Francisco for a job interview. The rental was a one way rental and due in San Francisco the following day by 1100 hours. Consent was denied to search and PSD Tank was used to conduct a canine sniff. Tank indicated on the vehicle and $259,680 in cash was located under the liner of a suitcase in the trunk.

Chamberlin Wayne Neff III, Trooper, and K9 “Tank”

Brandon Roberts, Deputy Officer - Alachua County S.O., Gainsville, FL

Submitted by: Deputy Sheriff, Brandon Roberts
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

MCTFT training received: Secret Compartment Recognition Education (SCORE)

Types of drugs seized: 600 Oxycodone tablets, 1000 Steroid tablets, 100 ml’s of injectable steroids, 6 grams of crack

Date of seizure: 08/20/2010

Event:
The vehicle was stopped north bound US 301 for legal reasons. Upon making contact with the male and female occupants, I observed several indicators common to smuggling. After conducting my enforcement action, I requested the driver exit the vehicle so I could show him why I stopped him. Upon exiting I observed plain view, a Rx pill bottle full of crack cocaine. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 600 oxycodone, 1000 steroid tablets, 100 ml’s of injectable steroids, human growth hormone, 6 grams of crack cocaine, and user amounts of marijuana. The occupants were traveling from St. Petersburg, FL to Georgia.

busted

Bryan Cunnigham, Deputy - Summit County. S.O., UT

Submitted by: Bryan Cunningham, K9 Deputy
Summit County Sheriff’s Office Park City, Utah

MCTFT training received: Highway Vehicle Stops and the Drug Trafficker. Summer 2007

Types of drugs seized: 508 pounds of marijuana.

Date of seizure: 08/04/2008

Event:
Vehicle stopped for legal reasons. Vehicle was a 2000 GMC pick-up truck. Driver was very nervous and began to sweat. Driver advised that the vehicle was not his and that it belonged to a friend in Minnesota. Driver stated he was driving to Minnesota from Reno and that the friend is paying for his gas.

Driver did not know his friends name or the owners name on registration. Multiple indicators were seen throughout the vehicle to include religious cross on passenger seat, atlas, single key in ignition, water bottles containing urine, empty food wrappers, bible, and empty energy drink containers.

K9 “Castor” was deployed around vehicle. Positive “Alert” and “Indication” by K9. A search of the vehicles cab produced 53 pounds of high grade marijuana. A search of the vehicles bed, under the bed cover produced 455 pounds of high grand marijuana.

DEA took possession of narcotics and suspect for a controlled delivery in Minnesota. Three people were arrested in Minnesota. One person was also arrested in California for a large marijuana grow operation.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office Park City, Utah

We would like to showcase your successes in the fight against drugs.  Selected stories will be shared on our BUSTED! section of the site.

Please submit stories related to any of the training you have received from MCTFT.  To submit your story:

  • Download, complete and save the registration form file.
  • Include in the file the pictures you have permission to disseminate.
  • Email the completed form as an attachment to the Kirchgraber.Todd@spcollege.edu with Busted! as the subject line.

Only the best “Busted” stories are featured here.  If your submission is selected, you will receive free MCTFT materials and your agency will have the opportunity to select a training topic to be brought to their organization.

We look forward to sharing your seizures and recognizing your efforts in the fight against drugs!