Narcotics/Vice

The North Narcotics Team is responsible for the investigation and suppression of narcotics activity in the unincorporated north, central and west Orange County areas. They specifically investigate the illegal distribution and manufacture of controlled substances at the street level; to address and solve street narcotic problems relative to specific geographic locations; and to respond to information and complaints from citizens and other sources within their area of responsibility. This includes the contract cities of Stanton, Villa Park, Yorba Linda and John Wayne Airport. The team is comprised of five investigators and one sergeant. Part of the North Narcotics Detail responsibilities include Vice/Human Trafficking investigations. There are two Vice investigators and one Human trafficking investigator assigned to this team.
 
Narcotics interdiction is accomplished at the John Wayne Airport by evaluating passengers and ticket purchases along with other observations and information gathering. Airport interdiction includes random luggage searches, cargo searches and counter-to-counter parcel searches. Throughout the nation, airport narcotic officers share information they’ve uncovered or observed, resulting in frequent seizures and arrests nationwide.

The South Narcotics Team is responsible for the investigation and suppression of narcotics activity in south Orange County. They specifically investigate the illegal distribution and manufacture of controlled substances at the street level; to address and solve street narcotic problems relative to specific geographic locations; and to respond to information and complaints from citizens and other sources within their area of responsibility. This includes the contract cities of, Lake Forrest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Woods, Dana Point and San Clemente. The team is comprised of five investigators and one sergeant.

Investigations performed by these details require the use of an assortment of techniques such as surveillances under-cover operations, informant development, information gathering and analysis, and the service of search and arrest warrants. Although the investigators are involved in the arrest of numerous mid and upper level narcotic violators, the main focus of the detail is the deterrence and arrest of street level violators.

Along with their other duties, the Narcotics investigators also work closely with State Parole and County Probation officers and the courts. They conduct probation and parole searches and are frequently called upon to testify as experts in the field of narcotics. They also utilize their narcotics expertise with “under the influence” cases.
 
As noted, the Narcotics Detail has a large area of responsibility and on a daily basis addresses the concerns of the citizens of Orange County. From the complex workings of the major narcotics traffickers to the methods and operations of the simple street user, the detail actively and aggressively pursues narcotics violators.