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Narcotics Investigation Techniques

NCJ Number
P T Mahoney
Date Published
405 pages
Intended for the local police narcotics investigator and those who supervise narcotics investigations and operations, this book describes narcotics investigative and operational techniques that have street-proven effectiveness.
A chapter on case initiation addresses sources of information, the prioritizing of information, the development of a case, cooperation with other agencies, and community responsiveness. Instruction on informants encompasses definitions, informant policy, informant development, types of informants, legal and ethical considerations in the use of informants, management of the informant, special considerations, and informant case studies. A chapter on search warrants considers its legal aspects, its preparation, special problems and considerations, a sample search warrant affidavit, and logistical considerations. Instruction in raid planning and execution addresses initial planning, pre-raid intelligence gathering, documentary elements of planning, the formulation of operational plans, a briefing package, plan implementation, and special considerations for drug lab raids. Remaining chapters focus on special operations and investigative situations that involve crack cocaine, undercover operations, enhanced investigations, and attitude and professional responsibility. Subject index