WHAT: Lee County Emergency Management will be sponsoring: Marijuana Grow Investigations – Indoor and Outdoor


WHEN: 2 DAY CLASS 8:30 AM – 5:00PM September 12th and 13th 2012

HOW: To register visit the Lee County Emergency Management Training http://www.leeeoc.com/training/ or Click Here to Register

 SPECIAL NOTE: This training is provided by the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training Program, a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College.

 Target AUDIENCE: This is not limited to sworn personnel.

 This course is designed to provide first responders with the knowledge to recognize the possibility or presence of an indoor or outdoor marijuana grow operation. Local first responders and public safety support personnel are encouraged to attend this session; it is recommended for Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Arson Investigators, Probation and Parole, Corrections, Communications/Dispatch, Division of Family Services, Social Services, Department of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, and Community /Volunteer personnel.

 Designed to equip investigating officers and support personnel with the tools necessary to detect, prosecute and testify in indoor and/or outdoor marijuana grow operation cases. Attendees will learn how to locate and safely investigate indoor marijuana grow operations. This course will also include information on booby traps that may present safety challenges for all first responders, signs of power and utilities theft that public works personnel may observe and indications of illegal narcotics sales/use that neighborhood volunteers should be made aware of.

 Course Objectives

 At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain awareness of US statutes related to marijuana use, manufacture and distribution along with additional federal codes that may be employed in the prosecution of such cases.
  • Understand the trends in marijuana use, its effects and social views over time.
  • Identify the strains of the cannabis plant, grow factors and the plant life cycle.
  • Identify the equipment used in the indoor grow operation and the probable cause generated by its use.
  • Develop a working knowledge of indoor grow operations.
  • Describe techniques for investigating structures suspected of indoor grow operations.
  • Develop a working knowledge of outdoor grow operations.
  • Describe techniques for investigating outdoor grow operations.
  • Gain an awareness of aerial marijuana spotting techniques.
  • Understand marijuana eradication techniques.
  • Identify critical elements necessary for drafting an affidavit for a search warrant.
  • Describe strategies for giving credible court testimony in marijuana cultivation cases.

Overview of topics

  • Introduction and Laws
  • Marijuana Use, Effects and Social Views
  • Marijuana Basics
  • Indoor Grow Equipment
  • Indoor Grow Operations
  • Indoor Grow Investigations
  • Outdoor Grow Operations
  • Outdoor Grow Investigations
  • Aerial Spotting
  • Eradication
  • Search Warrants and Legal Considerations
  • Case File Preparation
  • Case Examples
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with cultivation trends in the United States and will be able to identify the signs that indicate the presence of an indoor or outdoor grow operation. The course will emphasize the skills necessary to draft an affidavit for a search warrant and give credible testimony in criminal trials. Further, investigators will be taught investigative techniques to successfully disrupt and prosecute the violator.QUESTIONS: Please contact Sadie Bynum, Lee County Division of Public Safety, EmergencyManagement Program Coordinator at sbynum@leegov.com or (239) 533-3615
    Sadie L. Bynum MPA, GCEM
    Coordinator, Operations
    Lee County Emergency Management
    Emergency Operations Center
    P.O. Box 398
    Fort Myers, FL 33902-0398
    (239) 533-3615 Office