The Narcotics Division is tasked with fighting the war on illegal drugs, the #1 crime problem facing cities, parishes, states and the Nation. Illegal drugs are a major problem, because of their destructive effect on the individual as well as being a contributing factor in more than 60% of other crimes. The Narcotics Division works with all local law enforcement agencies to try and reduce the illegal drugs in the City of Alexandria. The Alexandria Police Department’s Narcotics Division is also a member of a Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.
Can I Report Drug Activity Anonymously?
Narcotics activity may be reported anonymously. However, it is generally preferred by Narcotics Division personnel that the identity of the complainant be obtained. This will assist officers if arrests are made and testimony in court is required. If a citizen requests anonymity for fear of retaliation or any other reason, officers will conduct their investigation without the identity of the complainant.
A citizen who has a friend or relative they suspect is selling narcotics may contact Narcotics Division personnel telephonically and advise them of their situation. It is not necessary for the investigating officer to know the identity of the complainant. If the identity of the complainant is divulged to the investigating office, at the request of the complainant, this information will be kept confidential.
What Specific Information Should I Obtain Before Calling the Police?
Several questions will be asked of the complainant to assist the investigators in resolving the narcotics complaint. The information below will give you an idea of what questions may be asked. The following information will assist us in conducting our narcotics investigation.
- The location of the narcotics activity.
- Whether the narcotics activity is occurring in a house or an apartment.
- The approximate time the activity is occurring
- A complete description of the dealer or dealers.
- The type of narcotics being used (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, etc.)
- Where the drugs are being hidden if the suspected dealer is selling them on the street (if known)
- Whether or not there are lookouts to warn dealers of the approach by police officers.
- A description of the dealer’s vehicle if one is used.
Obviously, some of this information will not be known to the complainant. Investigating officers will still conduct an investigation, even if some of this information is not known.