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<p>The damage to Officer Lavoie&#39;s patrol car offers vivid evidence of the ferocious firefight. Photo: Officer Lavoie.</p>

Shots Fired: Ontario, California 02/03/2002  

September 12, 2011

For Officer Kris Lavoie of the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department, Super Bowl Sunday 2002 would prove to be a busy one. But not in the way that most Americans enjoy. For Lavoie had no idea just how busy. Or just how much he would feel like a real "gladiator" before the day was over.

Photo via iStock.

K-9 Drug Detection Cases  

January 3, 2011

In the usual case, both the seizure and the search must be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment in order for the evidence to be admissible. The U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have considered both issues when officers have used K-9s to detect contraband.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera has been leading the Mexican Federation (Sinaloa Cartel) since 1995.

A Field Guide to Mexican Drug Cartels  

November 22, 2010

At least seven major Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) are primarily responsible for the $39 billion drug trade that floods narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border. Here's a guide to the most active, and largest, cartels.

Home Invasions: Side Effects of the Drug War  

November 3, 2010

Drug-related home invasions are especially prevalent in the Sunbelt. Southern Arizona, Texas, and Atlanta serve as distribution points for traffickers delivering narcotic loads from Mexican drug trafficking organizations to distribution points where dealers and street gangs wait for their arrival.

Patrolling the Broken Border  

October 31, 2010

A metal fence divides Nogales, USA from another Nogales: Nogales, Sonora, a much poorer Nogales where law enforcement is under attack from drug trafficking cartels and the cartels are under attack from many rivals.

The Mexican border has become a militarized zone, according to the POLICE-TREXPO panel members.

Panel Tells TREXPO Audience that What Happens on the Border Affects Entire Country  

October 28, 2010

Speaking to a POLICE-TREXPO East audience at Chantilly's Dulles Convention Center, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales of Zapata County, Texas, said the influence of Mexican drug cartels and human trafficking gangs is now nationwide.

Investigating Gang Homicides  

October 22, 2010

A gang murder investigation requires your best detective skills to solve the crime and protect the witnesses.

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members  

September 23, 2010

Patrol officers are an essential source of gang information and usually make up the front line defense against gangs. Through field contacts and observations, they can supply confirmation of an individual's gang membership.

Seventeen pounds of black tar heroin was discovered in the airbag compartment of this Chevy Lumina. Photo courtesy of DEA.

Hidden Drugs In Vehicle 'Traps'  

July 6, 2010

These hidden compartments for cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine were discovered during "Project Deliverance," a multi-agency operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration from its Special Operations Division center near D.C.

Lost Opportunities  

May 28, 2010

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

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