Heroin & Other Illicit Drugs
As the opioid crisis and the number of fentanyl criminal cases continue to grow, the drug-trafficking organizations have decreased their costs and increased their access to the U.S. market. Fentanyl seizures across the country often can be traced back to Southwest Border crossings in Southern California, as Mexican cartels have exploited this profitable way to expand their business. Fentanyl sales also have exploded on the dark web with the use of cryptocurrency, making it more difficult for law enforcement to identify the dealers and seize the monetary proceeds.
This session will highlight those disturbing trends, specify law enforcement best practices for safely detecting fentanyl and deterring its distribution, and identify the issues that arise when seizing cryptocurrency. The presenters will describe the multi-agency Fentanyl Working Group and Fentanyl Task Force in the Southern District of California, providing an ambitious and effective model that audience members can replicate. Presenters will cover the upward trends in fentanyl seizures, both along the Southwest Border and across the country, as well as distinctive trends associated with suppliers in Mexico and China. They will discuss ways to safely recognize, confiscate, and test fentanyl. The team will discuss mail seizure trends, best practices for dark web investigations, and best ways to manage the complexities involved in the seizure and analysis of cryptocurrency.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.