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.
One reader of Drug Interdiction:
Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement said, “What a book.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Candelaria at a class he taught. The class was great and so is the book. If you are a law
enforcement officer and are interested in drug interdiction, than your library would not be complete without this book. Great
techniques to study and master. If you get the chance to attend one of the authors classes, don't pass it up.”
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.”
About the Albuquerque Police
Albuquerque Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that employees over 1500 sworn and civilian personnel.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department, “With an authorized sworn strength of 1100
officers, the APD responds to over 42,000 calls for service on a monthly basis. We are proud of the way
in which we interact with the community in our continuing collaborative problem solving efforts. The Albuquerque Police Department
divides the city into five geographical areas called area commands. Each area command is managed by a commander and staffed
with between 82 and 119 officers, depending on size of the area command and level of calls for service.”