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Training

JR Gibson, Agent-in-Charge
email: jrgibson@obn.state.ok.us
FAX #:  405-524-7619


 

Highway Drug Investigations

April 10-12 2019

 

Course Description

 

The primary purposes of Highway Drug Investigations are to detect, interdict, and disrupt the continual flow of illicit drugs on the nation’s highways. It is where the struggle for superiority of the nation’s highways takes place; a contest between uniformed police officers and the most prolific and dangerous illicit drug traffickers in the world (i.e., Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations). Emphasis is placed on Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the smuggling routes, transportation corridors, and distribution networks in the United States. Confronting the threat to national security, highway drug interdiction operatives stand as the vanguard in the nation’s second line of defense against those who would export illicit activity, lawlessness, violence, and corruption into the country.

Moreover, comprehensive post-interdiction investigative methods and techniques are emphasized in order to further identify and debilitate ongoing illicit drug-trafficking schemes that have a nexus to highway drug interdiction stops (e.g., conspiracy investigations, government controlled deliveries of contraband, and other investigative methodologies designed to advance a criminal investigation).

 

Topics Included

 

·    Modus operandi of drug trafficking organizations

·    Detection of drug-laden vehicles

·    Weapons trafficking

·    Vehicular contraband concealment

·    Gathering of strategic drug intelligence

·    Bulk currency seizures and investigations

·    Effective strategies designed to disrupt the use of the nation’s highway as a delivery/profit gaining system for illicit drugs and weapons

 

Course Length

Highway Drug Investigations is a 3 Day (24 Hour) course on April 10-12, 2019 at OBN Headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

 

Registration 

To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.state.ok.us.


 


 

 Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction

April 15-17 2019

 



Registration 

Registration is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

Course Description 

According to the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center, Gangs are the primary distributors of illicit drugs and are responsible for the majority of crime in jurisdictions across the United States. Gangs are supplied with drugs by transnational criminal organizations (TCO) such as drug cartels and terrorist organizations. They work closely with TCO’s by trafficking and selling drugs, murder, kidnapping, extortion, terrorist operations, narcotics and terrorist financing, human trafficking and other activities that threaten national security. Street gangs, prison gangs, and organized criminal organizations work hand in hand with TCO to achieve their own goals as well as the goals of the TCO. TCO include groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and other nefarious non-state actors. Gangs and their many partners pose a significant threat to the citizens of the U.S., as well as national security interests in the Western hemisphere (Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Peru). Profiteering for terrorists directly threatens U.S. troops in the Middle East. 

This unique gang training class exposes a variety of gang issues and their connections to terrorism as well as the financing of terrorist operations that significantly contribute to the insurgency and corruption of Afghanistan and Iraq. This class will illustrate the street level gang members and their terrorist and transnational organized crime partnerships. In turn, students who attend this class will be able to impact upon the influence of TCO and trafficking networks within the U.S. This includes layered, coordinated approaches that disrupt the operations of TCOs, limit their access to funding, reduce their assets, and raise their costs of doing business. This class will increase intergovernmental cooperation to build capacity of agencies to counter the narcotics threats and enhance or develop cooperative mechanisms with law enforcement agencies.  It will maximize both the impact and efficiency of DoD contributions to combating drug trafficking and TCO that pose a national security threat.

Topics Included

  • The partnerships between gangs and Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)
  • Gangs as a financial threat to US security
  • Gangs supporting drug cartels and terrorists
  • Deciphering gang graffiti
  • Gangs and Officer Safety

Course Length 

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction is a 3 day (24 hour) course. 

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Registration 

To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.state.ok.us.

 

 


Open Source Investigations for Anti-Trafficking Operations

April 18-19 2019

Registration 

This course is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

Course Description 

The course is designed to instruct officers how to gather evidence and intelligence of illegal activity displayed or hidden in social media and other sites. This course covers how to use open source tools to enhance anti-trafficking and investigative operations. These tools should include but are not limited to websites and third party applications (apps). Hands-on practical exercises that are realistic and represent real world activities are a major part of this course. The class challenges students to apply effective classroom theory to the exercises. Each hands-on exercise shall is followed by an after-action review of the students’ products in order to ensure all training objectives have been met.

Topics Covered

• Introduction – Open-source Intelligence for law enforcement
• National trends of traffickers using social media for illicit purposes
• Legal considerations for open source investigations
• Using the internet and social media sites for intelligence gathering in law 
• enforcement operations
• Key apps and sites to use in investigations
• Identifying threats through the internet and social media
• Tracking criminals, and missing persons
• Apps and technology used against law enforcement
• How to protect the agent’s identity on social media
• How to establish a safe and legal undercover persona through social media
• How to conduct undercover investigations through the internet and social media 
• Smart Phone Utilization during law enforcement investigations
• Doxing - how to combat and use as a tool in investigations  

Course Length 

Open Source Investigations for Anti-Trafficking Operations is a 2 Day (16 Hour) course.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. 

Registration 

To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.state.ok.us.

 


 Integrated Drug and Contraband Interdiction: Trafficking in Transportation and Service Industries

April 22-24 2019

 

Registration

Attendance is restricted to US military personnel in investigative assignments and sworn civilian law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

The purpose of integrated drug and contraband interdiction operations is to target criminal organizations, groups, or gangs who transit illegal drugs throughout the United States by way of legitimate commercial transportation enterprises. The course deals with investigative methodologies that involve the detection and interdiction of illicit drugs and other contraband items (e.g., weapons, bulk currency, etc.) that flow through the nation’s transportation hubs (e.g., airports, commercial trains and buses, commercial parcel/package and freight shipping companies). Moreover, drug and contraband interdiction investigations are designed to disrupt and curtail illicit activities at hotels/motels, self-service storage facilities, and rental vehicle companies. Any activities that are directly related to illegal drug distribution and/or other contraband transactions that are reasonably deemed a threat to public safety and to the health of concerned citizens are targeted for further investigation.

The course also addresses investigation techniques specific to self-storage businesses, the storage of dangerous items, which includes items that terrorists may store in preparation for attacks on U.S. soil are comprehensively addressed (e.g., quantities of fuel, agricultural or industrial chemicals, explosives, blasting caps or fuses, weapons or ammunition, flight manuals, truck driving school manuals, or other similar materials).

Topics Included

  • Recognizing and monitoring suspicious activities at businesses such as hotels/motels, self-service storage facilities, and rental vehicle companies
  • Exploiting the vulnerabilities of offenders
  • Establishing and maintaining effective liaison with civilian counterparts (owners/managers)
  • Conducting operations and investigative activities that are specifically designed to degrade the abilities of organized crime factions to pervert legitimate transportation businesses or exploit other businesses for profit or advantage

Course Length

Integrated Drug and Contraband Interdiction is a 3 day (24 hour) course.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Registration 

To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.state.ok.us.

 


Narcotics-Related Financial Investigations

May 14-16 2019

 



Registration 

Registration is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

Course Description 

This course is aimed at the state local and federal criminal investigator/prosecutor and their support staff who specialize in narcotics investigations and have no formal training in financial investigations. It stresses the elements of the various financial crimes that stem from the laundering and accumulation of profits from the illegal narcotics industry. The theme of this class will be that these techniques can be employed to disrupt and dismantle drug organizations by shutting down their money supply. The techniques taught in this class stress the need to work parallel to normal investigative techniques and should be used to supplement all drug/narcoterrorism criminal investigation/prosecution. 

The interactive exercise involves a specific case scenario (with a dozen video scenes) that will allow the audience to apply the techniques of financial interviewing, identifying sources of financial information, financial profiles, and utilizing indirect methods of proving profitability in illegal enterprises. This can lead to the utilization of financial undercover operations, financial search warrants, and conducting money-laundering investigations. 

Upon completion of this course attendees will be able to determine how the presence of money laundering and currency violations can assist them in having a real impact on their narcotics investigations by shutting down these operations. Both narcotics organizations and narcoterrorism organizations can be identified and dismantled by seizing their assets and disrupting the flow of monies to the controlling parties both domestically and internationally. 

Topics Included

  • Gathering admissible evidence of narcotics crimes
  • Financial interviewing
  • Assembling financial profiles
  • Financially based undercover operations
  • Prosecution and asset forfeiture
  • Identifying front businesses and operations
  • Identifying deceptive practices
  • Sources of financial information

Course Length 

Narcotics-Related Financial Investigations is a 3 Day (24 Hour) course. 

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. 

 Registration 

To register, please email Sierra Fogle at sfogle@obn.state.ok.us.


Training Facility

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Headquarters

419 NE 38th Terrace

Oklahoma City, OK 73105