Introduction to Narco-Terrorism

Course Description

This course will expose the narcotics nexus to all forms of terrorist organizations and how they affect the United States as well as foreign terrorist organizations threatening within our borders. A recommended proactive approach to terrorism investigations in all communities will be illustrated with an emphasis on drug-related issues. These tactics can be carried out by any law enforcement officer and will be successful in the fight against terrorism affecting the United States on the mainland. Foreign terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hizballah and FARC, domestic terrorist organizations and localized (U.S.) narco-terrorists will be discussed. Identifying and investigating terrorist cells in the United States is a main focus of this course and every type of U.S. law enforcement officer will be shown how to use these methods in the fight against terrorism within our borders.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the nexus between terrorism and narcotics within their jurisdictions.
  2. Discuss the history and current threat by terrorists, especially Al Qaeda, against the U.S.
  3. Discuss the potential danger of terrorism on U.S. soil.
  4. Identify, interdict and investigate terrorist cells in their respective jurisdictions.
  5. Identify and determine the current threat of terrorism in their own jurisdiction.
  6. Increase the hardening of potential local soft targets.
  7. Initiate an investigation to uncover such threats, funding operations and lone wolves.
  8. Identify terrorist plots within their own jurisdiction and establish a local mechanism for weeding out such plots


Course Length

3 days (22 hours)

Who May Attend This Course