Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld
Thursday, August 30, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
Directions: 7105 NW 70th Ave, Camp Dodge JMTC, Johnston, IA 50131

Limited No-Cost Lodging Available


Registration is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

Drug and human traffickers, gang members and others involve the spiritual world in their trade for protection from law enforcement. This intensive course will include information on various legitimate and illegitimate saints and icons used by criminals. 

Embedded in the traditions and culture of the Hispanic community are legitimate Catholic saints that the faithful pray to for protection and/or assistance such as St. Jude (patron saint of impossible causes) and San Ramon (patron saint of silence). Some of the legitimately recognized Catholic saints are also used by drug traffickers for "protection" from law enforcement. There are still other unrecognized saints or spirits that drug traffickers and others have adopted and use to protect them from law enforcement in their illegal activities. They include Jesus Malverde (patron saint of drug traffickers), San Simon (patron saint of the underworld and Santa Muerte. Santa Muerte's popularity in the United States has become increasingly alarming and has been associated with violent crimes.

This unique course is extremely beneficial to law enforcement officers in all parts of the country who may encounter images, icons, statutes, and other items during or pursuant to an investigation. Several significant arrests, including the clearing of a cold case murder investigation, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course and are discussed during the presentation. 

Course Length

Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld is a 1 day (8 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

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