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Law Enforcement and Drugs in Indian Country


Attend this important session and leave understanding the status of law enforcement and drugs in Indian Country. You'll get an overview of the types of illegal drugs and signs of drug use. You'll also gain knowledge of the many aspects of conducting investigations in Indian Country. Tribal law enforcement personnel can't afford to miss this class. This class would also benefit law enforcement personnel working in areas that border Indian Country.

Learn from one of Indian Country’s best. Doyle L. Turner,* Cherokee, has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He has provided education and awareness training on drugs to thousands of Native Americans and numerous tribal organizations throughout the United States. He is a retired special agent with the California Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. Mr. Turner is a recognized expert in criminal investigations, in both federal and state courts; meth production; and the distribution, sale and possession of narcotics.

*Instructor subject to change.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Drug Identification
  • Overview of the types of illegal drugs
  • Specific drug information:
    • Methamphetamine
    • Cocaine
    • Heroin
    • Prescription drugs
Recognizing Signs of Drug Use
  • Physical signs of drug use
  • Pattern of behavior
  • Paraphernalia of drug use
  • Recognition of a meth problem
Gangs and Drugs
  • Overview of gangs in Indian Country
  • Gang activity and the drug trade
  • Patterns of gang activity
  • Gang ‘injunction’
Conducting Investigations
  • Jurisdiction:
    • Law — statutes and ordinances
    • P.L. 280
    • Cross-deputization
  • Informants:
    • Informants’ role in law enforcement
    • Developing informants
    • Maintaining informants
  • Search warrants:
    • What is a search warrant?
    • When and how to obtain search warrants
    • Probable cause for a search warrant
    • Warrantless search warrants
    • Plain view doctrine
  • Inter-agency communication:
    • Law enforcement and social services
    • Drug-endangered children
    • Juvenile court
    • Peer court
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