Financial Aspects of Drug Investigations

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, November 08, 2021
Ends On: Tuesday, November 09, 2021
Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 04, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL
Instructor: John (JJ) Johnson, Retired Special Agent-DEA

Members' Fee: $0
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $100
Non-Members' Fee: $100

Course Description:

Drug investigators that don’t work the financial side of their case are only working half of an investigation. Drug traffickers are in the business to make money. In this course the investigator will learn how to fully develop their narcotics investigation, make a case with more jury appeal, and follow the money to produce more asset seizures. Students will see firsthand how to uncover, find, document and seize ill-gotten gains. The students will learn how to fully exploit the financial aspects of their drug investigations and put more investigative “tools” in their “toolbox”.

Upon Completion Each Student Will Learn:


  • The history of asset forfeiture in the U.S. and how it has evolved

  • An overview of relevant federal criminal and civil forfeiture statures and procedures

  • An overview of federal money laundering statutes, and the use of the Federal Grand Jury

  • How to participate in the federal asset sharing program

  • To identify and uncover assets subject to seizure

  • How to overcome nominee ownership of assets

  • How to acquire and analyze bank record

  • And More

  • An overview of The Right to Financial Privacy Act (RFPA), and third-party record keepers

  • Bank Secrecy Act records-CTR’s, CMIR’s, FBAR’s and SAR’s

  • Overview of FinCEN (Financial Crimes Information Network), and how to access their records

  • How to identify credit cards belonging to your target

  • How to acquire IRS tax returns

  • Indirect methods of showing illegal income (Net Worth and Proceeds cases)

  • Innovative methods for trash covers


Instructor Bio

Jon (J.J.) Johnson spent his first four years in law enforcement as a Special Agent with the IRS-Criminal Investigations División, and then became a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration for twenty-five years. After 24 years as a street agent, he became a Group Supervisor of the Financial Investigations Team in Chicago. Since his retirement from DEA in 2012, J.J. has been employed as a financial investigator for an Illinois State Police drug task force, the Quad Cites Metropolitan Enforcement Group.