Narcotics and Gang Fraud Investigations May 22nd-23rd, 2023 in Columbia, TN July 10th-11th, Opelika, aL

This is a special two day (16 hour) training program designed for Patrol Officers, Narcotics and Gang Investigators, Interdiction Officers as well as Economic Crimes Investigators who may encounter and investigate members and associates Street Gangs and Narcotics traffickers. as well as traditional street gangs.    

The training curriculum will cover the history and rise of street gangs transitioning from street level narcotics sales to the world of fraud based crimes. Gang members have perfected the art of developing crimes involving identity theft, re-coding credit cards, IRS and state tax return fraud. These fraud based crimes cost individuals, corporations and our government agencies over a billion dollars a year and they largely go unpunished as law enforcement and prosecutors know very little about how to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

Officers will receive training on how to initiate these investigations which usually begin with traffic stops, consentual encounters, inventory searches and items discovered as a result of serving narcotics search warrants. Re-encoded credit and debit cards have been utilized for decades, but most officers have overlooked these cards not knowing how to use readers to interrogate the black strips on credit and debit cards. Narcotics traffickers are avoiding transferring bulk cash currency currency by utilizing pre-loadable debit cards as well as illegally purchased gift cards to transport cash throughout the country as well as internationally.

The training will also cover basic narcotics investigations and case management as well as how to cultivate, document and how to properly manage confidential informants as they are vital to conducting successful investigations. Operational techniques like the Tactical Narcotics Team concept will be detailed to show how to investigate narcotics subjects as well as gang members.

Conference Program

· The rise of Gangs and Fraud based crimes.

· Discovering fraud based crimes on traffic stops, consent searches, inventory searches and search warrants.

· Techniques used to legally interrogate the magnetic strips on credit cards, debit cards and pre-loadable cards.

· Intelligence Gathering Techniques

· Steps for Patrol Officers and Interdiction Officers to move fraud based crimes to Economic Crimes Investigators and how to present theses cases to District Attorneys and Prosecutors,

· Initiating narcotics investigations from arrest to prosecution.

· How to cultivate and manage confidential sources used in narcotics and gang investigations.

· Operational techniques that can be utilized to investigate narcotics, vice and gang related crimes.

· Identity theft through Federal and State Tax return scams

· Officer Safety Issues

Course Instructor

Mike DeMarcus: Retired Detective with the  North Miami Beach Police Department.  Mike has over 21 years of law enforcement experience.  He was in the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics unit for over 14 years and worked on a DEA task force as well as a state task force specializing in money laundering and narcotics investigations.  Mike has extensive experience in major narcotics reverses, indoor marijuana grow houses and long term crack cocaine investigations. He has participated in numerous long term investigations targeting and prosecuting both money laundering and narcotics trafficking subjects as well as Gang Members. His unit conducted the largest Cocaine reverse sting in the history of Florida and has taken part of investigations that resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars in assets. He has instructed thousands of officers from all over the world including speaking at the Florida Narcotics Officers Association, New Jersey Narcotics Officers Association, the ROCIC Gangs and Narcotics Conference, North Carolina Gang Investigators Association, Virginia State  Police Narcotics conference as well as the Norwegian Narcotics Officers Association in Oslo, Norway.

The tuition for this training is $150.00 per student. Please submit payment by check or money order. Please register online here on Class space is limited and students will be accepted on a first come basis. Group rates are available for this training. The training will be conducted at the Maury County Sheriff’s Office in Columbia, Tennessee. The Opelika, Alabama training will be held at the Opelika Police Department. Local hotel information and special rates will be posted soon. Seating for this course is limited, so register early to secure your training slot.

Registrations can additionally be emailed to or mailed to:

Law Enforcement Training Associates P.O Box 2745 Peachtree City, GA 30269

Registration fees for the program includes instruction, training materials and certificate of completion. Class attire is casual and the training will be held from 0800 t0 1700 hours each day. If you have any questions please contact Mike DeMarcus at 305-986-5476 or at