Investigative Support Center

  Increasing the Safety of America's Citizens
by reducing drug-related crime and violence.


Welcome to the Nevada High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) website. Here you will find important information about Nevada's HIDTA program including our Nevada Law Enforcement Training Program available to all of Nevada's law enforcement, links to many other agencies, and general information about Nevada HIDTA's programs. HIDTA was created by Congress in 1988 as a program designed for improving law enforcement’s ability to impact crime and address these regional issues through agency cooperation and collaboration. Nevada HIDTA supports coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize the use of available resources to reduce drug and gang related crime through enforcement, intelligence, prevention and training of officers and agents. The endurance of HIDTA due to innovation, neutrality, flexibility, and diversity in collaboration with our many community partners.

The Nevada Watch Center operation and intelligence deconfliction system is available 24/7 in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), the Western Regional Information System (WSIN) and the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) a nationwide intelligence system. This system is for law enforcement only. The statewide phone numbers is 1-888-294-2337, an email for questions is nevadawc@rmin.riss.net. I strongly urge all law enforcement to use this system to ensure officer safety during plain clothes, covert operations and for case enhancing intelligence. Today's modern deconfliction systems have saved many lives across our nation.

Keith Carter, Nevada HIDTA Director

December 17-18, 2018; Monday - Tuesday
Advanced Vehicle Contraband Concealment
Henderson, NV - Henderson PD

FREE training   co-sponsored by MCTC and NV HIDTA

This course is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Description
The rapid recognition and detection of traps, compartments, and secret hiding places used to conceal and transport illicit commodities to include small arms, explosives, illicitly-gained and laundered money, narcotics and chemicals used to manufacture narcotics will result in a benefit to DOD or law enforcement missions to disrupt Transnational
Criminal Organizations.

The primary objective of the course is to give the attending DOD Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, or Military personnel the ability to rapidly conduct a complete systematic search of any moving conveyance and determine if it is being used to conceal and transport illicit commodities.

The course is designed to have a deliberate and direct impact on trafficking organizations abilities to move large shipments of contraband concealed in vehicles in the Western Hemisphere as well as anywhere U.S. interests are assigned. With the proper training of personnel this course will have a direct impact and reduce the quantity of illicit drugs entering the United States from Mexico - Central America, and Canada. By having a direct impact on the trafficking organizations ability to move contraband, the course will disrupt/disable trafficking organizations by a coordinated approach to limit their access to funding, reduce their assets and ultimately raise their costs of doing business.

The course instruction is delivered through a comprehensive presentation by subject matter experts who have many years of experience in practical application of well refined techniques and tactics that have proven to be most effective when searching conveyances believed to be laden with hidden illicit commodities from bulk shipments to individual narcotics. The instruction of the course is enhanced with the use of visual media in video and photographic formats that allow the audience to see real case studies of actual detections that reinforce the learning process and provide a platform for discussion. These examples were mainly derived from actual illicit commodity interceptions by the subject matter experts thus providing firsthand knowledge of the events. The audience will receive instruction on how to detect and defeat electronically operated traps. There will be discussion and presentation of media depicting real case examples of counter-measures that are being applied to thwart governmental efforts by defeating X-ray equipment, density detection devices, fiber scopes, as well as K-9.

Attendance of this course would also be beneficial as knowledge base for those assigned to intelligence, investigations, or case analytical duties where incoming information about specific hiding locations being used by criminal organizations will be understood and can be relayed to field personnel to effectuate interception of illicit commodity laden conveyances.

Topics Included

Drive-train components - Includes the running engine, transmission, axles and drive shafts

Floor and roof compartments

Wall compartments - Includes engine bay firewall



Rocker panels



Fuel tanks


Other components – Battery, radiator, fluid containers

Course Length
Advanced Vehicle Contraband Concealment is a 2-day (16 hour) course.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

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Only 1 Seat Remaining
Registration Closes: 12/14/2018
January 07-08, 2019; Monday - Tuesday
Money Laundering (Cartels, OC & Terrorist Financing)
Henderson, NV - Henderson PD TrainingFREE Training! This class teaches the predominant methods of drug money laundering, breaking the schemes down into understandable components and teaches investigators the tools available for identification, interdiction, and enforcement actions. See flyer for additional information.

About the instructor:

A narcotics prosecutor by trade, Mr. Nixon is the former Director of a joint State/Federal task force, based out of Miami, Florida, that conducted complex international money laundering investigations. With an expertise in electronic surveillance, Mr. Nixon supervised more than two dozen wiretaps and his work resulted in the seizure of tens of thousands of pounds of cannabis, hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, and ecstasy, and the arrest of many prominent traffickers and launderers.  Notably, during his time as a task force commander, Mr. Nixon oversaw a search and seizure operation that resulted in the largest cash seizure in Miami’s history, totaling almost 25 million dollars in cash.

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Only 62 Seats Remaining
Registration Closes: 1/6/2019
January 08, 2019 - Tuesday
MS 13 Awareness for Patrol (AM Session)
Las Vegas, NV - LVMPD Training room 110

FREE Training Through NV HIDTA


- Understanding the MS 13 culture/member

- MS 13 identification methods

- Impact of UAC issue on the region in terms of recruitment and victimization, where to find

  placement data and how it can be used for criminal behavior predictive analysis

- Existing and emerging criminal trends

- Geographic nexus of MS 13 cliques in the U.S.

- Building effective relationships with impacted immigrant communities

- Devising a community-based MS 13 prevention strategy

Please note: There will be 2 separate 4 hour session AM session 0800-1200. PM Session 1300-1700. Be sure to register for the time slot that's best for your schedule.
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Waiting List Registration
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Registration Closes: 1/7/2019

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Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NVHIDTA)
550 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Training questions: Christine Payson 702-759-8070  or info@nvhidta.org