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Webcast-Cocaine Cowboys, Smugglers & Drug Runners: Challenge & Response

Event Date(s)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:00pm - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:00pm

Details:

A FREE, Public Domain Video Program
Available as a C-Satellite Downlink and as an On-Demand Webcast

Sponsored and produced by the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training Program (MCTFT),  a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Co-sponsored by the Florida National Guard.

Key Concepts: 

  • Hear a historical perspective of drug smuggling in Florida and surrounding waters
  • Learn about new smuggling techniques and how law enforcement is working to stop them
  • Find out how the past can help predict future smuggling trends
  • Learn possible ways to reduce narcotics demand in the U.S.
  • See how the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) and other agencies working together make a difference in end-game smuggling interdictions

Content Providers:

Bruce Bagley. PhD;   Drug Interdiction Strategist Professor, Univerisity of Miami
Bruce Bagley, PhD, is Professor of International Studies and Chair of the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami (UM) in Coral Gables, Florida.  Prior to his arrival at UM in 1987, he was an Associate Professor of Comparative and International Politics at The School of Advanced International Politics of John Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
 
He edited Drug Trafficking Research in the Americas:  A Bibliographic Survey, and co-edited Drug Trafficking in The Americas.  He has co-authored 12 other academic books and monographs, and more than 100 academic journal articles and book chapters.  Professor Bagley's current research focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations with an emphasis on drug trafficking and security issues in Columbia, the Andean region, Mexico, and Central America.

He also serves as expert consultant to the United Nations, U.S. government, and several government in Latin America on issues of drug trafficking, money laundering and public safety.  

Bruce Grant, Former Director, Florida Office of Drug Control
Bruce Grant was the Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control from October 2009 until January 2011.  Previously he served as the Assistant Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections in charge of Community Corrections from 2007-2009.  From 2001-2005, he served in the Governor's Office of Drug Control and as the Chief of Counterdrug Law Enforcement and then as Chief of Staff.

In December of 2005, he resigned his position in the Governor's Office and volunteered to return to active duty to serve with the U.S. Army in Iraq.  Col. Grant served with the 101st Airborne Division as the Deputy Team Leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq.  His mission there was to rebuilt the governmental, legal, and economic institutions of the province.  He served a 27-year career in the U.S. Army.

Charles Fuss Jr., Historian, Former NOAA Special Agent
Charles Fuss, Jr. is a retired NOA special agent with 36 years of Federal service.  He worked as a fisheries biologist and enforcement agent with duties that included monitoring Soviet and other foreign fishing activities off the southeastern U.S. and in the Caribbean Sea.  He served as a consultant to the United Nations.

In 1983, Fuss was detailed to the Office of the Vice President, National Narcotics Border Interdiction System.  Based on his extensive prision interviews with convicted smugglers, Fuss was selected to prepare maritime smuggling scenarios for drug interdiction games at the Naval War College. In 1989, he joined the newly established Office of National Drug Control Policy and worked there as a smuggling expert until he retired in 1990.  His proposal for a national debriefing program was included in the first National Drug Control Stategy by then President George H.W. Bush.  Charles Fuss authored Sea of Grass, the Maritime War;  1970-1990, along with more than fifty published fisheries, maritime and navel articles, booklet and research papers.

Who should participate: The primary target audience for this pre-recorded program is anyone interested in how drugs get into the United States, especially law enforcement officers, first responders, firefighters, and anyone else interested in public safety. Those involved with drug prevention programs, treatment,  and community coalitions might also find this program interesting.  This program is also suitable for public and government access television audiences.

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