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Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations


DATE/TIME:  March 25-26, 2019

LOCATION:  Criminal Justice Institute, 26 Corporate Hill Dr, Little Rock, AR     ***SPACE IS LIMITED***

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Mexican drug traffickers pose the greatest threat to the United States today.  Disrupting and dismantling these groups requires investigative techniques and prosecutions in Federal Court. This 2-day class will include intelligence on Mexican trafficking organizations and the surge of violence on our borders.  The instructors will identify cartel hit men operations and cartel sponsored gang enforcement activities presently ongoing in the United States.  Further, an overview of the organizational structure of Mexican drug trafficking groups, identifying methods of operation, money laundering techniques, drug and money routes, cartel training facilities, enforcers, and the Mexican government strategy to deconstruct these organizations will be offered, as well as methods and investigative techniques to combat these dangerous traffickers. 

Course Agenda:


8:00am-11:30am               Complex Case Development

11:30am-12:30pm            Lunch (students on their own)

12:30pm-4:30pm              Confidential Informant Management


8:00am-11:30am               Mexican Drug Cartels

11:30am-12:30pm            Lunch (students on their own)

12:30pm-4:30pm              Undercover Operations

INSTRUCTOR:  Timothy Sellers and Steven Peterson.
Timothy Sellers: Prior to retirement in 2006, DEA Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Timothy Sellers initiated an investigation that led to the arrest of fourteen Hizb-I Islam Gulbidden and Taliban terrorists, including the leader, who claimed responsibility for the homicide bombing and murder of five Afghanistan National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents in early 2004.  He prevented a planned attack on U.S. and NATO forces by tackling an armed homicide bomber as he was boarding a bus loaded with innocent Afghans, blocks from US and NATO military headquarters, the Presidential Palace, and the American Embassy.  For this act, SSA Sellers was awarded the Drug Enforcement Administrator's Award of Valor and the United States Attorney General's Annual Award for Exceptional Heroism.

Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, SSA Sellers worked 33 years in the state of Texas, serving as an El Paso, Texas police officer, and as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  During his Texas assignments, he worked extensively in undercover assignments penetrating and dismantling large-scale Mexican trafficking organizations.  Presently traveling around the United States, speaking to federal, state, and local law enforcement, military, and national service organizations.  SSA Sellers also appeared on Hannity and Colmes, Fox News Network in 2007 and "The Morning Meeting Show" with Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC in 2010. Tim Sellers is the author of "The Last Cowboy" "The True Story of One of DEA's Most Decorated Undercover Agents".

Steven Peterson: Steven Peterson had been a Special Agent (SA) of the United States Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for nearly three decades and at the time of his retirement was the most senior DEA street agent in the world.  During this time SA Peterson has been stationed in Boston, New York, Atlanta, retiring in Charlotte in 2010.  For ten years he had been the DEA Atlanta Field Division Training Coordinator (DTC), responsible for coordinating and conducting training to all DEA employees within the DEA Division, as well as Task Force Officers, State & Local Police Officers and civilians within Georgia, Tennessee and North & South Carolina.  As a DEA DTC, SA Peterson has taught over 85,000 law enforcement officers, social workers, civilians and parents.  Prior to training, as a street agent working undercover for over 17 years, SA Peterson initiated an investigation that at the time resulted in the largest cocaine seizure in DEA history; nearly 4,000 lbs. He has received numerous awards and commendations, including two Administrator's Awards for Group Achievement, fifteen Exceptional Performance Awards for performing duties above expectations during career with DEA, as well as over sixty-five awards from state and local law enforcement officers/agencies, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Drug Enforcement Officers Association in 2010.  Most importantly, SA Peterson was appointed as Lead Investigator in the investigation of the murder of DEA SA Ray Stastny in 1987 in Atlanta by then United States Attorney, Robert Barr.

SA Peterson was a DEA Certified Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical/Raids Instructor, Clan Lab Certified, a member of DEA's Traumatic Incident Response Team responding to critical incidents involving DEA Agents and Task Force Officers for 15 years, graduate from the DEA Instructor Development Course (IDC), a Georgia POST Certified Instructor, has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. SA Peterson served as the President of the National Drug Enforcement Officers Association (NDEOA) for three years, the longest term of any President in the NDEOA's 42 year history. 

In 2010 SA Peterson took over the National Law Enforcement Speakers Bureau, LLC, a network of retired DEA Special Agents and other topic specific experts, providing the highest quality of training to nearly 5,000 professionals in the law enforcement community.  He is an adjunct instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, NC, as well as several community colleges in NC.  In November 2013 SA Peterson became the first American recipient of an award from the Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar, for Outstanding Contributions in the area of Law Enforcement Training.  In 2015 he accepted a full-time Instructor position with DHS, FLETC-Charleston, teaching Driving, Active Shooter and many other investigative classes. Most importantly, he is the husband of a beautiful wife and father of three great daughters.  In actuality, he's just an ordinary guy battling the forces of evil in extraordinary ways.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  All sworn members of the law enforcement community.


PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check, Purchase Order or Credit Card.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Matthew Modrak: at 501-570-8060. Or call Toll free: 1-800-635-6310.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-565-3081 which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).


March 25-26, 2019
Criminal Justice Institute                   
Little Rock
, AR

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