Mexican Cartels & Gangs: Drugs and Human Trafficking

Mexican Cartels & Gangs: Drugs and Human Trafficking

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Mexican Cartels – Attendees will become familiar with the predominant Cartels and their structure, leadership and alliances.  An analysis of the drug wars of the Cartels, the violence in Mexico, as well as the spill-over violence occurring in the United States.  The attendees will become more aware of the operations of the Mexican Cartels and their criminal activity including drug trafficking, and human trafficking and the violence associated with the Cartels in Mexico and in their communities throughout the United States.  Conducting investigations involving the Cartels in Money Laundering and Conspiracies will also be discussed.

Patron Saints of the Mexican Underworld Drug and human traffickers, gang members and other criminals involve the spiritual world in their trade for protection from law enforcement.  This intensive course will include information on various legitimate and illegitimate saints and icons used by criminals.  Several significant arrests, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course, including the clearing of a cold-case murder investigation.

Narcocorridos (Music of the Cartels)  Narcocorridos are Mexican ballads glamorizing the different Mexican Cartels and the violence associated with their business. The course will include the history and evolution of the Mexican Narcocorridos as well as an analysis of the most popular Narcocorridos.  There will also be discussion on the musicians who are performing the Narcocorrido music in the United States.

Hotel and Motel Investigations  Hotels and motels are used for a variety of criminal activity, including; drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, as well as other criminal activity, including their use by the 911 Terrorists.  This course will present an overview of how to select investigators, meet and sell to hotel/motel managers, presentation to hotel/motel staff, surveillance techniques, conducting knock and talks, as well as how to conduct room searches.

Stash House Investigations  This presentation will address the use of houses and other locations for the concealment of larger quantities of narcotics and money, as well as their use in human trafficking and other criminal activity. Instruction will be provided in identifying stash houses and providing training to various sources throughout the community on recognizing and reporting stash houses

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Robert Almonte – Deputy Chief (Ret), El Paso, Texas Police Department and former U.S. Marshal. Robert has 32 years of law enforcement experience with expertise in narcotics investigations and undercover work.  He served as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas from 2010 to 2016. He previously served 25 years with the El Paso, TX Police Department where he spent most of his career in narcotics investigations and retired as a Deputy Chief.  As the Narcotics Commander with the EPPD, he championed innovative programs like the Hotel/Motel Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Stash House Task Force, both of which yielded successful apprehensions through community-policing initiatives. Robert Almonte has received numerous awards, including the 1999 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for National “Outstanding HIDTA Task Force Commander”.

Joe Garza – Director (Ret) of Homeland Security for Kansas City Southern Rail lines U.S. and Mexico and was assigned to the FBI Office in McAllen, Texas.  He was also an FBI Intelligence Analyst in McAllen, Texas and retired as a Texas DPS Narcotics Investigator. Joe continues to provide training to Local, State and Federal Agencies on Border Issues and Organized Crime in South America.  Joe has extensive experience in analyzing and tracking border violence associated with the drug cartels, gangs and their movements along the Southwest Border and throughout the United States.  Joe is recognized as a subject matter expert concerning Drug Trafficking Organization and Gangs associated with the Cartels along the US/Mexico border, and is routinely sought out by other law enforcement organizations.