Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Synthetic Drugs and Investigations
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 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 sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

This 8 hour training course will help officers understand the history and chemistry of synthetic/designer drugs. The class will teach officers how to identify, investigate, handle/dismantle, and prosecute synthetic drug operations and organizations. Officers will learn ways to minimize the risks associated with synthetic/designer drug labs and proper PPE. Officers will learn about new federal and state laws pertaining to synthetic/designer drugs as well as current legislation. Officers will participate in case studies dealing with the new age of synthetic/designer drugs.

The Midwest HIDTA is teaming with Thermo Scientific and the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center to provide training on synthetic drugs: bath salts, spice, fentanyl and various other drugs. This one-day training will cover the history and chemistry of these and other synthetic drugs, information on drug identification, handling/risk mitigation, conducting synthetic drug investigations and legislative updates. Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

About the Instructor

Bruce Gentner has been employed with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for over 23 years. He is currently assigned to the Narcotics Section and conducts training to all levels of law enforcement, HIDTA, Clark County School District, University of Nevada Las Vegas, as well as numerous professional groups both domestic and international. His past assignments in law enforcement include: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer.  He has worked over 18 years as a case agent and undercover detective, Bruce has extensive experience in night clubs and club drug investigations, as well as investigating and instructing in numerous Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs, Marijuana Grow productions and Pharmaceutical/Synthetic Drug operations. He has also worked on a HIDTA Interdiction and DEA TDS Task Force as well as with FBI, HSI and Nevada Gaming.

Course Length

Synthetic Drugs and Investigations is a 1 day (8 hour) course.


Familiarity with street-level narcotic investigations.

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