WNOA http://wnoa.com Dedicated to Training and Intelligence Tue, 09 Apr 2019 19:31:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It http://wnoa.com/fight-drug-abuse-dont-subsidize-it/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:36:41 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=498 Americans struggling with addiction need treatment and reduced access to deadly drugs. They do not need a taxpayer-sponsored haven to shoot up.

Aug. 27, 2018

By Rod J. Rosenstein

Mr. Rosenstein is the deputy attorney general of the United States.

A table at the Harvard School of Public Health’s mock safe injection site.Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe, via Getty Images

Almost 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a shocking 54 percent increase since 2012. Dangerous opioids such as heroin and fentanyl contributed to two-thirds of the deaths. This killer knows no geographic, socioeconomic or age limits. It strikes city dwellers and Midwestern farmers, Hollywood celebrities and homeless veterans, grandparents and teenagers.

Remarkably, law enforcement efforts actually declined while deaths were on the rise. Federal drug prosecutions fell by 23 percent from 2011 to 2016, and the median drug sentence doled out to drug traffickers decreased by 20 percent from 2009 to 2016.

The Trump administration is working to reverse those trends. Prosecutions of drug traffickers are on the rise, and the surge in overdose deaths is slowing.

Unfortunately, some cities and counties are considering sponsoring centers where drug users can abuse dangerous illegal drugs with government help. Advocates euphemistically call them “safe injection sites,” but they are very dangerous and would only make the opioid crisis worse.

These centers would be modeled on those operating in Canada and some European countries. They invite visitors to use heroin, fentanyl and other deadly drugs without fear of arrest. The policy is “B.Y.O.D.” — bring your own drugs — but staff members help people abuse drugs by providing needles and stand ready to resuscitate addicts who overdose.

Last year, San Francisco assembled a task force to establish an injection site, and last week the California State Senate passed a bill that would allow San Francisco to operate such sites and grant legal immunity to the drug users who visit them. In May, the mayor of New York City announced a plan to open four injection sites. A Seattle task force approved a similar plan, and city officials have pitched outfitting a van as a mobile injection site. Numerous states, including Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, have explored similar options to help their residents use hard-core drugs.

One obvious problem with injection sites is that they are illegal. It is a federal felony to maintain any location for the purpose of facilitating illicit drug use. Violations are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, hefty fines and forfeiture of the property used in the criminal activity. The law also authorizes the federal government to obtain civil injunctions against violators. Because federal law clearly prohibits injection sites, cities and counties should expect the Department of Justice to meet the opening of any injection site with swift and aggressive action.

Proponents of injection sites say they make drug use safer, but they actually create serious public safety risks. Many people addicted to opioids use illicit fentanyl or one of its analogues, which can be up to 5,000 times more powerful than heroin. Users often have no idea what they are actually buying from criminal drug dealers. Moreover, a bystander or emergency medical worker who comes into contact with such drugs can be gravely harmed.

Additionally, injection sites destroy the surrounding community. When drug users flock to a site, drug dealers follow, bringing with them violence and despair, posing a danger to neighbors and law-abiding visitors. For instance, the area near an injection site in Vancouver, British Columbia, was described by a member of the Redmond, Wash., City Council as “a war zone” with “drug-addled, glassy-eyed people strewn about” and “active drug dealing going on in plain sight.”

Injection sites do not help drug users overcome addiction. Most visitors simply walk in, get high and stumble out. Some estimates suggest that as few as 10 percent of injection site users find their way into treatment. The rest continue the downward spiral of addiction.

Supporters also ignore the unintended consequences on the next generation. Injection sites normalize drug use and facilitate addiction by sending a powerful message to teenagers that the government thinks illegal drugs can be used safely.

That is not the way to end the opioid crisis. Americans struggling with addiction need treatment and reduced access to deadly drugs. They do not need a taxpayer-sponsored haven to shoot up.

To end the drug crisis, we should educate everyone about the dangers of opioid drugs, help drug users get treatment and aggressively prosecute criminals who supply the deadly poison. Under the leadership of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice is delivering results. Many federal, state and local agencies are working with us to combat opioid addiction. Cities and counties should join us and fight drug abuse, not subsidize it.

Rod J. Rosenstein is the deputy attorney general of the United States.

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Milwaukee HIDTA – Exploiting Drug Networks with Cellphone Records http://wnoa.com/milwhidta-cellphones/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:32:04 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=344 Drug dealers rely upon their cellular phones to communicate with sources of supply and customers to commit their crimes. The cellular devices and records from the providers are the weak link to get insight into the drug network being investigated. Understanding where to get the data and how to use it is a powerful tool to disrupt and dismantle drug dealing networks.

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Officer Safety: Avoiding A Chemical Bullet http://wnoa.com/chemical-bullet/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:31:24 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=342 One of the most dangerous aspects of law enforcement is dealing with unknowns. Over the last decade the proliferation of synthetic drugs, manufacturing and distribution has created extreme hazards for officers. If you cannot “recognize a hazard, you can’t protect yourself.”

This training class is designed for all public safety professionals who contact subjects ,enter residences (i.e. search warrants, probation checks) and conduct investigations. This course will also address current smuggling trends and specific hazards associated with manufacturing controlled substances (i.e. Xanax, Fentanyl). The course primarily addresses officer safety and hazard assessment. Do not allow yourself to be taken out by a “Chemical Bullet.”

Topics covered Include:
– Fentanyl Laced Heroin
– Officer Safety
– Hazard Recognition
– Mexico
– Smuggling Trends
– Ice Recovery/BHO

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Mid-level Narcotics Investigations http://wnoa.com/mid-level-narcotics-investigations/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:30:24 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=340 Basic narcotic training courses focus on drug identification, types of informants, operational planning, and search warrant execution. Advanced narcotic training courses focus on drug cartels, money laundering, complex conspiracy cases, and interstate/international wiretap cases.

While these two types of training programs are a necessary part of drug enforcement, there is a considerable gap in the training available to law enforcement officers that target mid-level drug dealers.

This training course will teach officers how to identify, target, infiltrate, and prosecute drug organizations that often go undetected. Concepts utilized by federal agencies to dismantle interstate narcotic traffickers will be presented to show how the same concepts can be utilized by local & state police officers to dismantle mid-level narcotic dealers flooding communities with drugs.

This training curriculum was developed to target mid-level drug dealers using all available resources including both state and federal narcotic and firearm laws. All the material presented in this course is based solely on methods and techniques that have been extremely effective in previous Mid-level investigations.

Several case studies will be presented to show officers how to put a Mid-Level case together from start to finish.

Learn from an instructor who has infiltrated numerous mid-level drug groups, and knows how to attack every
aspect of the group to dismantle the entire organization.

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Carfentanil: A Dangerous New Factor in the U.S. Opioid Crisis http://wnoa.com/carfentanil-a-dangerous-new-factor-in-the-u-s-opioid-crisis/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:13:49 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=312 Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The presence of carfentanil in illicit U.S. drug markets is cause for concern, as the relative strength of this drug could lead to an increase in overdoses and overdose-related deaths, even among opioid-tolerant users. The presence of carfentanil poses a significant threat to first responders and law enforcement personnel who may come in contact with this substance. In any situation where any fentanyl-related substance, such as carfentanil, might be present, law enforcement should carefully follow safety protocols to avoid accidental exposure.

Officer & Public Safety Information

Carfentanil and other fentanyl analogues present a serious risk to public safety, first responder, medical, treatment, and laboratory personnel. These substances can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets, patch, and spray. Some forms can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled. If encountered, responding personnel should do the following based on the specific situation:

  • Exercise extreme caution. Only properly trained and outfitted law enforcement professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound. If encountered, contact the appropriate officials within your agency.
  • Be aware of any sign of exposure. Symptoms include: respiratory depression or arrest, drowsiness, disorientation, sedation, pinpoint pupils, and clammy skin. The onset of these symptoms usually occurs within minutes of exposure.
  • Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention. Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances can work very quickly, so in cases of suspected exposure, it is important to call EMS immediately. If inhaled, move the victim to fresh air. If ingested and the victim is conscious, wash out the victim’s eyes and mouth with cool water.
  • Be ready to administer naloxone in the event of exposure. Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose. Immediately administering naloxone can reverse an overdose of carfentanil, fentanyl, or other opioids, although multiple doses of naloxone may be required. Continue to administer a dose of naloxone every 2-3 minutes until the individual is breathing on his/her own for at least 15 minutes or until EMS arrives.
  • Remember that carfentanil can resemble powdered cocaine or heroin. If you suspect the presence of carfentanil or any synthetic opioid, do not take samples or otherwise disturb the substance, as this could lead to accidental exposure. Rather, secure the substance and follow approved transportation procedures.

Lethality:

Carfentanil is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. The lethal dose range for carfentanil in humans is unknown; however, carfentanil is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which can be lethal at the 2- milligram range (photograph), depending on route of administration and other factors.
For additional safety information, please use the resources below:

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Investigation: The DEA slowed enforcement while the opioid epidemic grew out of control http://wnoa.com/investigation-the-dea-slowed-enforcement-while-the-opioid-epidemic-grew-out-of-control/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:52:16 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=161 By Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham October 22

UNNATURAL CAUSES SICK AND DYING IN SMALL-TOWN AMERICA: Since the turn of this century, rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women. In this series, The Washington Post is exploring this trend and the forces driving it. Related: Wholesalers sent pills to drugstores that fueled the opioid epidemic

A decade ago, the Drug ­Enforcement Administration launched an aggressive campaign to curb a rising opioid epidemic that was claiming thousands of American lives each year. The DEA began to target wholesale companies that distributed hundreds of millions of highly addictive pills to the corrupt pharmacies and pill mills that illegally sold the drugs for street use.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE>>

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How drugs intended for patients ended up in the hands of illegal users: ‘No one was doing their job’ http://wnoa.com/how-drugs-intended-for-patients-ended-up-in-the-hands-of-illegal-users-no-one-was-doing-their-job/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:51:38 +0000 http://wnoa.com/?p=159 By Lenny BernsteinDavid S. Fallis and Scott Higham October 22

For 10 years, the government waged a behind-the-scenes war against pharmaceutical companies that hardly anyone knows: wholesale distributors of prescription narcotics that ship drugs from manufacturers to consumers.

The Drug Enforcement Administration targeted these middlemen for a simple reason. If the agency could force the companies to police their own drug shipments, it could keep millions of pills out of the hands of abusers and dealers. That would be much more effective than fighting “diversion” of legal painkillers at each drugstore and pain clinic.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

 

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