Basic Narcotics Investigators

Course Description

The Basic Narcotics Investigators Course will provide students with an overview of the narcotics investigation process. Topics will include constitutional drug law, commonly abused drugs, confidential informants and sources, investigative strategies, undercover operations, marijuana grow operations, clandestine methamphetamine labs, evidence collection and admissibility, searches, children living in dangerous drug environments and liability issues. This course will be accomplished entirely in the classroom. Although the course is complete in itself, attendance is recommended as a primer for those wishing to attend TOP GUN courses. This course is also directed towards the officer with limited or no experience for narcotics investigation.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. List and identify the most commonly abused drugs and their origin, street value, manufacture, packaging and smuggling
  2. Describe developmental utilization and control of confidential informants and confidential sources.
  3. Student will be able to identify seizable assets forfeited under constitutional case law.
  4. List and describe various investigative strategies, including but not limited to controlled buy, hand to hand buy, surveillance, wire taps, conspiracy, and domestic interdiction.
  5. Describe undercover operation planning, operation, risks involved, legal issues, reporting and documentation.
  6. Describe marijuana growing operations, methods and indicators.
  7. Describe clandestine methamphetamine lab operations, methods and indicators.
  8. List and describe aspects of evidence collection and admissibility in court.
  9. Describe procedures and legal issues concerning search warrants, warrantless searches and consent searches.
  10. Give a brief overview of an agency and taskforce relationship.
  11. Describe the role of law enforcement in dealing with children living in dangerous drug environments.
  12. List and describe liability and ethics issues relating to narcotics investigations.


Course Length

5 days (40 hours)

Who May Attend This Course