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New Additions to ASU Narco-Terror Conference

July 16, 2012

Angelo State University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) has added an “air interdiction” component to the program for the three-day international narco-terrorism conference it will co-host Aug. 21-23 in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

The subtitle of the new component is “Coordinating and Executing Operations in a Complex Environment – Air Interdiction, Support and Strategies for Identifying, Disrupting, Dismantling and Prosecuting Narco-Traffickers, Terrorists and Their Organizations.”

Presentations will include “Texas DPS Air Interdiction Team” and “Small Aircraft and On-Demand Charters: Narco-Terrorist Interdiction.”  Presenters will include DPS pilots Capt. Stacy Holland and Sgt. Rudy Escobar; James F. Hughes, a retired Dallas Police Department lieutenant and former member of the DEA Narcotics Task Force; and Steve Ledbetter, a Dallas Police Department narcotics detective.

Known as “Ghost Riders,” the Texas DPS Air Interdiction Team won the 2012 Excellence in Police Aviation Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Its conference presentation will include rare video footage of interdiction efforts along the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border, as well as information on aerial strategies to disrupt drug trafficking along the Rio Grande River boundary.

The Dallas Police Department representatives will provide information on effective land-based strategies and tactics used to successfully prevent smugglers and terrorists from using aviation as a means to advance their missions against U.S. interests and sovereignty.

Law enforcement aviators and airport security personnel are encouraged to attend the conference for these newly added sessions.         

The overall three-day conference is titled “Transborder Narco-terrorism: Addressing a Changing Environment,” and will examine current transnational organized crime associated with the drug trade at the U.S.-Mexico border and its corrosive effect on the rule of law, which prevents governments from containing other transnational hazards, such as terrorism, insurgency, criminal gang activity, money laundering, and weapons and human trafficking.  Policy-level strategists along with field operators and tacticians will come together for dialogue, networking and information exchange on drug cartel strategies/tactics and threats to homeland security.  TCLEOSE, CLE and federal LEO education credits will be available for conference attendees.

Other scheduled speakers include representatives from the Texas National Guard, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Mexico’s Transborder International Police (PIT/TIP), Southwest U.S. Border Alliance, Texas Tech University School of Law, ASU Center for Security Studies, the Houston, New York, Tucson and Phoenix police departments, and several other agencies and institutions.

Topics to be covered include trends in narco-terrorism, transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), bulk cash smuggling, information sharing, drug-related kidnapping investigations, law enforcement collaborations, gangs and drug trafficking, prosecuting TCOs, border and homeland security, and many other related subjects.

Co-hosts for the conference are the ASU Center for Security Studies, Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University School of Law and PIT/TIP.  Registration is $175 per person until July 20, and $200 after that. 

For more information or to register, go online to www.pittip.org.  Additional information is also available on the CSS website at www.angelo.edu/tntconference or by calling the CSS at 325-486-6682.

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For more information or to register, go online to www.pittip.org.  Additional information is also available on the CSS website at www.angelo.edu/tntconferenceor by calling the CSS at 325-486-6682.