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All of the books listed on this page were written by state or local police officers or other law enforcement officials about narcotics and narcotics investigations.

Practical Narcotics Investigations
James Henning  More Info

James Henning is a Corporal with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department.  He has extensive narcotics investigations experience, including work with the Caroline County Drug Task Force.  He is the author of Practical Narcotics Investigations.


According to the book description, Practical Narcotics Investigations is “for the beginning uniform police officer to the experienced Detective. Geared to be a no nonsense how to guide that is an excellent aid to police academy students beginning their career in law enforcement as well as individuals studying in the Criminal Justice field.”

Practical Drug Enforcement, Second Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal & Forensic Investigations)
Michael D. Lyman  More Info

Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., began his career as a special agent and criminal investigator for the Kansas Bureau of investigation.  He then moved to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs as a senior agent and criminal investigator.  While with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs he was assigned to the Street Enforcement and Intelligence Division.  During his 11 year law enforcement career Michael has made over 600 felony arrest.  For the last 18 years he has been professor of Criminal Justice at the Columbia College of Missouri.


Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., has authored seven books about the enforcement function in criminal justice.  His books include: The Police: An Introduction; Criminal Investigation: The Art and Science; Practical Drug Enforcement; and, Organized Crime.

Undercover Operations Survival in Narcotics Investigations
Thomas Pub.  More Info

Currently an investigator with the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Bureau, Tony Alvarez’s law enforcement career began with the Los Angeles Police Department spanned more than twenty-six years.  For twenty-one of his twenty-six years with LAPD, he was a detective assigned to Narcotics Division.  As a Detective supervisor assigned to the Major Violator Section of the Narcotics Group (LAPD), Detective Tony Alvarez gained extensive experience in the field of undercover operations, surveillance and informant control, development and management.


Tony Alvarez has been a contributing writer for the California Narcotic Officer's Association quarterly magazine. He is an instructor for the California Narcotic Officer's Association on Narcotic Officer Survival and has made his training presentations at the FBI Academy in Quantico (Virginia); and, has also instructed local, state and federal officers nationwide. In 1995, Detective Alvarez was awarded the DEA Award of Valor, the INEOA Medal of Valor and the Al Steward Memorial Award (California Narcotic Officer of the Year). In 1996, he was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor. He is the author of Undercover Operations Survival in Narcotics Investigations.


According to the book description of Undercover Operations Survival in Narcotics Investigations, “undercover work is one of the most dangerous yet challenging types of police investigation, requiring extensive tactical preparedness and close continuing assessment throughout the operation.  If proper planning is lacking, explosive conflict can occur without warning.  The author presents the wide range of considerations necessary to execute safe undercover teamwork, eliminating complacency, demonstrating how to seize contraband, obtain evidence and arrest violators.  Conducted properly and safely, investigations provide immediate gratification to all involved.  Furthermore, the techniques and procedures outline in this book can be easily adapted to any undercover operation.”

Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional
Marcelline, Ph.D. Burns  More Info

Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit
Lawyers & Judges Publishing  More Info

Sergeant Thomas E. Page, LAPD (ret.) is the former Officer-in-Charge of the Los Angeles Police Department's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Unit.  Thomas Page is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, having served in both the Los Angeles Police Department and Detroit Police Departments. Before his a law enforcement career, Thomas Page served the Wayne County, Michigan Health Department for five years as a public health worker and supervisor.


During his career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Thomas Page was the coordinator for the 1985 Los Angeles Field Validation Test (173 case study) of the DRE Procedure. This study validated the effectiveness and reliability of a standardized and systematic approach to drug influence recognition. These procedures have been adopted nationwide by professionals in government, law enforcement, military, private industry and health care.


Thomas Page has taught drug influence recognition and the behavioral indicators of drug use to a wide range of audiences. These audiences include the American Bar Association, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, the California Department of Mental Health, the Swedish National Police Federation in Stockholm, the Russian Procuracy Training Academy in Moscow, the Victoria Police in Melbourne, Australia, the Department of the Army, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, toxicologists, and private industry.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Detroit.


Sergeant Thomas Page is a past first General Chairperson of the DRE Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a past member of IACP's DRE Technical Advisory Panel. Sergeant Thomas Page has also been an advisory member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science's Drugs and Driving Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Detroit.


Thomas Page has authored numerous articles on drug user detection techniques. His credits include Police Chief Magazine, The Siren, The DRE, the Victoria Australia Parliamentary Road Safety Committee Report, and the 1988 International Congress on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Oslo, Norway.  He is the co-author of Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional and the co-editor of Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit.


According to Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional, it is a “Compilation of over 570 drugs, agents, and substances for the criminal justice professional.”  The book is divided into eight sections: introduction; listing of drugs; special topics; street names; medical terms; Canadian brand names; appendix; and, therapeutic category index.


According to Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit, “If you regularly handle cases involving substance abuse or need information on newly compounded substances, as well as re-discovered drugs of abuse such as Ecstasy, Meth, PCP, Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, otherwise know as the "Date Rape Drug", and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids popular with today’s athletes, this is your reference of choice. It has extensive chapters devoted to the above substances as well as others. The authors discuss the role of law enforcement officers in abused substance cases, double standards in enforcing substance abuse laws, driving under the influence of drugs as opposed to alcohol, and legal and prosecution perspectives regarding this type of case. This book contains much valuable information and is a must for anyone who regularly deals with prosecuting or defending substance abuse cases.


The authors also present case studies of Turkey and Australia’s laws pertaining to abused substances and driving, and how they were developed. This information is particularly valuable to those involved in the creation of substance abuse legislation, here in the US and around the world.”

Street Drugs Pocketguide
Lou Savelli  More Info

Lou Savelli, who has spent all of his 23 years in law enforcement in the streets, is one of the most decorated officers in NYPD history and has received over 100 medals for bravery, outstanding police work, life saving rescues, and record setting investigations. He retired in 2004 as the Detective Squad Commander of the NYPD's Terrorism Interdiction Unit, which he co-founded after 9-11-01 as a proactive counter-terrorism investigative unit responsible to aggressively seek out and investigate terrorist cells in New York.


Lou Savelli was chosen as one of the top 10 of NYPD's most effective leaders of all ranks (out of nearly 20,000 qualified supervisors) and the first supervisor featured in NYPD's Leadership Training School newsletter because of his innovation and success in the field of leadership. He created NYPD's first citywide gang unit called CAGE (Citywide Anti Gang Enforcement) which was awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center's award for The Most Effective Gang Unit in the US.  Lou Savelli is the author of eight books in the “Pocket Guide Series:” Guide to Basic Crime Scene Investigation; Gangs Across American and the Symbols; Graffiti Pocket Guide; Street Drugs Pocket Guide; Practical Spanish for Law Enforcement; Identity Theft; Cop Jokes; and A Proactive Law Enforcement Guide for the War on Terror.


According to the description of Street Drugs Pocket Guide, “Drugs can turn up anywhere! No city, town, or community is immune from drugs. In fact, experts say that 80 percent of all crimes are related in some way to drugs. Being able to identify and understand the various drugs infecting our streets, families, and communities, is the first step in winning the war crime. The Pocketguide to Street Drugs exposes the most frequently abused drugs and paraphernalia in our society. Listed in this easy to use, pocket-sized street drug reference manual are: pictures; descriptions; street prices; weights; packaging; paraphernalia; slang names.  It is a great tool for: drug interdiction officers; undercover narcs; community policing officers; corrections; school resource officers; any law enforcement officer wanting to identify street drugs.”

G'd Up 24/7: The GHB Addiction Guide
Law Tech Publishing  More Info

Trinka Porrata has experience in both journalism and law enforcement, with expertise in sexual assaults, child abuse and narcotics, especially the “trendy drugs of abuse” (those used at rave parties, in the club scene and as weapons of rape).  Trinka Porrata retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, after a 25 year law enforcement career, in 1999 as a supervisor in street narcotics squads.  During the last 3 ½ years at LAPD, Porrata became a nationally recognized expert on flunitrazepam (Rohypnol or roofies), gamma hydroxy butyrate (GHB), MDMA (Ecstasy), ketamine (Special K) and LSD. 


Since retiring, Trinka Porrata has provided training, consultation and expert testimony on drug issues nationwide and internationally.  She has been interviewed worldwide about drug abuse and speaks to high school and college groups, parents, law enforcement, medical personnel, prosecutors and counselors.  Trinka Porrata is also president of Project GHB, a nonprofit organization working on drug-facilitated sexual assault, drug abuse prevention and treatment issues regarding GHB and other drugs, www.projectghb.org.  She operates a GHB Addiction Helpline via the site.  She is the editor of the new edition of Law Tech’s Drug ID & Symptoms Guide, 2007, and author of G'd Up 24/7: The GHB Addiction Guide.


According to the book description of G'd Up 24/7: The GHB Addiction Guide, “Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (GHB) is a virtually invisible drug of abuse and is a far wider problem than statistics indicate due to its rapid escape from body fluids and complex testing issues. It is still a little-known drug in many areas, even to many law enforcement and medical personnel. GHB abuse literally originated in the bodybuilding and athletic arena and remains a serious, though often silent, problem there, co-existing with steroid abuse. Sadly, GHB addiction (use around the clock despite escalating adverse incidents) produces a potentially severe (even life endangering) and prolonged withdrawal syndrome. Withdrawal should be done with medical intervention and requires a longer period of detox than most drugs. Rehabilitation in its aftermath is also crucial as it produces profound depression, anxiety, lethargy and reduced ability to handle stress for many. This book is a compilation of the experiences of those who have come forward to Project GHB. It is dedicated to those Project GHB has been able to help and to those who couldn't be helped. Project GHB has accumulated a list of more than 330 GHB-related deaths. This book includes several chapters from major newspapers who have addressed the GHB addiction issue, including the NY Daily News, LA Times, Huntsville Times, Dallas Observer, and Tampa Tribune. Project GHB is thankful for their permission to reprint those articles. Important chapters by doctors and researchers (including Drs. Jo Ellen Dyer, Deborah Zvosec, Steve Smith, Alex & Janice Stalcup, Marco Sivilotti et al) are also included, making it a must-read for emergency medicine and addiction treatment professionals who have or may encounter GHB overdose and GHB withdrawal issues. It is also a must-read for jail & detention medical personnel and administrators as GHB addicts can and have died in custody for lack of medical intervention. It gives tremendous insight into the world of GHB addiction that is also beneficial to law enforcement and provides a great resource for addicts themselves and their families and friends. One chapter is dedicated to walking the addict through the battle with GHB with real hope for winning that battle. Another chapter is dedicated to guiding family and friends through the horror of GHB addiction with realistic expectations. The words of many GHB addicts are also included in the last segment, offering insight into their world, including the story of Mick Hart, a well-known UK bodybuilder who battled GHB addiction.”

Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool
John Madinger  More Info

Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition
John Madinger  More Info

Special Agent John Madinger began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.  In 1978, he became and agent and eventually supervisor of the Hawaii Office of Narcotics Enforcement.  In 1988, John Madinger he joined the United States Treasury Department, Criminal Investigation Division as a special Agent. John Madinger is a graduate of the Oklahoma State Police Officer Training Program, DEA's academy, and Criminal Investigator Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  John Madinger  is the author of Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition and Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool.

George S. Steffen is a Major with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office(Florida). He serves as the Commander of the Investigative Operations Bureau (IOB). As commanding officer of IOB he leads and manages a staff of over 500, to include the Narcotics Division, Child Protection Investigations Division, Court Security, Property Crimes, Crimes Against Persons, Court Process, and the Criminal Enterprise Division.

Major George S. Steffen has been a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida since 1980 – as a patrol officer/deputy, criminal investigator and a supervisor in a number of capacities to include Patrol Operations, Administrative Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Narcotic Investigations and Child Protection Investigations. He has served with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since January 1982. Major Steffen began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida.

Major George S. Steffen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Leo University, Florida and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Troy University, Alabama. He has completed course work in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Executive Leadership Program, Tallahassee, Florida. Major Steffen is an adjunct instructor, St. Petersburg College, Southeastern Public Safety Institute, Florida (1993 – Present). He is an instructor in Criminal Investigation and Narcotic Investigation related topics. Major Steffen is a certified law enforcement instructor in the state of Florida.

Major George S. Steffen co-author of the book Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles and Investigative Technologies for Law Enforcement (CRC Press 2003). He has been published in several law enforcement publications to include Law and Order magazine and Police and Security News. Due in early 2010, Co-author of the book Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles and Investigative Technologies for Law Enforcement, Second Edition (CRC Press).

Samuel M. Candelaria retired after serving 22 years with the Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been instructing in the area of narcotics investigations since 1991 with various law enforcement training programs.  After his retirement he started his own law enforcement consulting and training company.  He instructs for a number of DEA Field Divisions, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLTEC), the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) and other law enforcement agencies.  He has instructed law enforcement officers throughout the country.

Samuel M. Candelaria is a retired 22-year veteran police officer of the Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He worked narcotic investigations for 17 years, working in an undercover capacity for 6 years.  He worked drug interdiction assigned to the Albuquerque Drug Enforcement Administration’s Interdiction Detail for 11 years.  The detail focused on all forms of public transportation, to include airport, bus, and train interdiction and also hotel and parcel interdiction.  The detail specialized in the Amtrak passenger train system.  During his career, Candelaria was selected the Albuquerque Police Department’s Detective of the year twice; in 1989 and in 2000.   He was the recipient of the INIA’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for 2001.  The interdiction detail to which Candelaria was assigned was also selected the HIDTA Interdiction Detail of the Year for 2001 by Asa Hutchinson, Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Samuel M. Candelaria holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Science in the Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix.  Samuel M. Candelaria a nationally recognized expert, has instructed nationally and internationally with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Jetway Program and with the International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA).  He has also instructed State and Federal law enforcement officers throughout the country on consensual encounter techniques and domestic drug interdiction programs.

Samuel M. Candelaria co-author of the book Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles and Investigative Technologies for Law Enforcement (CRC Press 2003). He has been published in several law enforcement publications to include Law and Order magazine and Police and Security News.

According to the book description of Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement, “Written by seasoned drug enforcement officials, this book provides a "cop's point of view" of domestic drug interdiction. It trains the reader to interview suspected drug couriers, ascertain whether an investigation is warranted, and employ an entire arsenal of investigative tools, including the drug canine. It also shows how to partner with the business community to combat the drug dilemma. Throughout the book, the authors discuss legal aspects and pertinent case law to ensure that the narcotics investigator stays within the law. Its simple but comprehensive presentation of proven investigation methodologies will aid law enforcement officers and investigators in their effort to stop narcotics trade within the United States.”

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