During this hour-long broadcast, learn the basics of interdiction that will work in hotels/motels, homes, cars, airplanes, other vehicles and more. Listen to experts discuss the dos and don’ts and see what it takes to be an interdiction officer. Find out what legal limits are out there.

It’s a lot of information, but after watching this program, you’ll know a little about a lot… an Interdiction Introduction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how interdiction has evolved
  • Find out who makes a good interdiction officer
  • See how to build the partnerships needed for a successful interdiction program
  • Learn how the law and Constitution have an impact in interdiction efforts
  • See what resources are out there to help

Originally Aired: August 30, 2007


Mike Lewis

Sheriff, Wicomico County, Maryland

Sheriff Lewis recently retired as a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police, Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team (PACE) after twenty-two years of loyal and dedicated service. In addition to his duties as the agency’s leading Criminal Interdiction Expert, Sheriff Lewis remains a certified instructor through the Maryland Police Training Commission, and a certified master instructor through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He was directly responsible for the training and educating of all Maryland State Police personnel in the Criminal Interdiction Venue.

Sheriff Lewis pioneered the drug interdiction program along Maryland’s notorious U.S. Rt. 13 corridor, coordinating many multijurisdictional investigations following the seizures of large amounts of illegal contraband. During his twenty-two years as a Maryland State Trooper, he made many nationally recognized seizures of crack cocaine along Maryland’s East Coast.

Sheriff Lewis has trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as other parts of the world to include; Australia, London, Germany, Russia & the West Indies. Sheriff Lewis has been judicially recognized by the federal & state courts of this country as an expert in the areas of Highway Interdiction, Hidden Compartments & Drug Valuation.

Retired from the Maryland State Police effective July 1st, 2006, at the age of 41, he was elected Sheriff of Wicomico County, Maryland .

Although responsible for a law enforcement agency with 130 sworn and civilian personnel, Sheriff Lewis continues to teach and train law enforcement officers throughout the United States in an effort to reduce the amount of illegal narcotics entering into our country.

Sheriff Lewis is also a nationally recognized instructor in “Pro-active Terrorism Interdiction”, and teaches police officers the proper tactics and techniques when dealing with potential terrorists during roadside traffic stops. He teaches this course throughout the United States with the Homefront Security Associates group out of New York City which was founded following the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

Randy Means


Randy Means, a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina, based law firm of Thomas and Means, L.L.P., specializes entirely in police operations and administration and assists a broad national clientele. He is the primary legal and risk management instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has received its “Distinguished Faculty Award�, and is senior legal instructor and consultant for the Institute of Police Technology and Management. He teaches regularly in a number of police leadership academies and command colleges and has just completed two books, The Law of Policing in America and Understanding Police Liability, both of which will be published by the Labor Relations Information System. His work has been mentioned in the “Wall Street Journal”and discussed on “60 Minutes�. He has appeared on both the Law Enforcement Television Network and the FBI Training Network.

He has done law enforcement training in 47 states and has conducted law enforcement and risk management training for insurance and risk management companies and pools from coast to coast.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, he formerly served as head of legal training for North Carolina’s state law enforcement training center, coordinator of legal training for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and Police Attorney for the City of Charlotte. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the national association of police legal advisors (IACP-LOS), manages the “Chief’s Counsel”column for “Police Chief”magazine, and beginning in 2007 will be writing the legal advice column for “Law and Order”magazine. He has trained more than a quarter-million law enforcement officials.

Clay Searle

President of the International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA/Skynarc)

Clay Searle is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. Twenty of Clay’s twenty five years on LAPD were spent working narcotics. Working as a Detective, he was assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport for more than fifteen years. Clay formed the first LAPD Bus and Train Squad and formulated the first “package squad” in the country.

He is the co-founder of “Skynarc”, the international organization for law enforcement officers working drug interdiction. He implemented the certification process and the current course content for DEA’s Drug Interdiction “Jetway” training program. The Drug Enforcement Administration utilizes Clay as their primary instructor for “Jetway” Airport Schools. Internationally, Clay has taught criminal interdiction in Athens Greece for the 2004 Olympics, Peru, Colombia, Thailand, Bolivia, Russia, China, Turkey and many other countries. He has written numerous articles on interdiction including “Criminal Profiling in Transportation Centers as a Tool for Counter-Terrorism”and “Profiling in Law Enforcement�.

Clay has a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Criminology from California State University at Long Beach. Clay Searle is the Director of Training for the I.N.I.A.