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4 tips for highway drug interdiction in metropolitan areas

Urban areas are a target-rich environment which can pose an interesting set of challenges for the highway drug interdiction officer


If you are a highway interdiction officer in a large metropolitan area, you should be foaming at the mouth with all the opportunities present in your target-rich environment. However, along with those opportunities come a set of unique challenges that the more rural interdiction officer will not have.

A lone highway patrol officer on a large rural stretch of two-lane highway will not have the same challenges you face. He/she may sit perpendicular to the highway and be able to watch each and every vehicle that passes him on a two or three lane interstate, easily identifying probable cause, reasonable suspicion, and pre-stop indicators.

You however, may be on a six- or eight-lane interstate with hundreds of thousands of cars speeding by you. How you pick them out will be your greatest challenge — catching them will be the next. But the benefits could outweigh the challenges, it depends on whether or not you look at the situation from a glass half full or a glass half empty point of view.

Let’s take a look at Dallas, Texas as an example. Dallas is in north Texas, and considered a middle-man hub for large amounts of dope coming up from the border. Large loads pass through here, while others stop here and are broken down into smaller loads to be shipped out.

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