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Special Investigations Section- Drug/Technical Operations Unit


The Drug Enforcement and Technical Operations Unit consists of three squads that are assigned to the Special Investigation Section of the Investigative Services Bureau. The squads are the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), the Drug Enforcement Administration/Scottsdale Police Task Force, and the Technical Operations Unit. Each squad is led by a sergeant, and the sergeants are supervised by a lieutenant.


The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) is responsible for local drug investigations involving illegal drug activity. Such investigations include street level drug possession, sales, and trafficking, as well as prescription drug crimes, marijuana cultivation, and the manufacture of methamphetamine. This group investigates neighborhood complaints and assists Patrol Officers when needed.


The DEA/Scottsdale Police Task Force is an enforcement group that consists of Scottsdale detectives and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. The Scottsdale detectives are cross-trained, and deputized as federal task force officers. The task force focuses on investigating large scale drug trafficking organizations that have a connection to Scottsdale. Seizing ill-gotten assets from criminals and financially dismantling their organizations are also a responsibility of this group.


The Technical Operations Unit is responsible for the installation and maintenance of technical surveillance equipment and systems. The Tech Ops Unit assists other work groups within the police department, including Patrol, with special technical investigative assistance.


 A recent seizure of marijuana, cash, and weapons:
Drug Seizures



Anyone wishing to report suspected illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the Drug Tip Line at 480-312-TIPS (8477). Please leave a message detailing the suspected illegal activity. It is very helpful if you are able to provide names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle descriptions, and time of occurrences. You are welcome to provide your tip anonymously. If you would like to speak with one of our detectives, please leave your name and phone number, and we will return your call. These messages are reviewed several times per week, so if you have a police emergency that requires immediate assistance, please call 911. You may also contact us online by completing the Citizen Tip Form which is on the police department website, or follow this link:

Online Citizen Tip Form, English version 

Online Citizen Tip Form, Spanish version 


In the last few years, designer drugs have caused great harm to teens and young adults all across the nation, including here in Arizona. Designer drugs like Spice and Bath Salts are synthetic drugs, and are variants of the substances they are trying to imitate, i.e. marijuana and meth. The developers of designer drugs slightly adjust the chemistry and structure of the substances with the specific intent of circumventing the law. However, due to recent legislation in Arizona, many of these dangerous synthetic drugs are now illegal. 

Since January of this year, two Scottsdale teenagers have died from what appears to be overdoses of designer drugs. It is suspected that the particular drug involved in these incidents was a liquid form of a psychedelic compound commonly referred to as 25i, 25c, Smiles, or NBOMe. This drug, now illegal in Arizona, is being represented as synthetic LSD, and is exceedingly dangerous. It can be ingested via the mouth or nose, and is distributed in several forms including liquid, crystal powder and blotter paper. The negative effects of this drug include difficulty focusing, fever, confusion, garbled communication, vasoconstriction, shaking, nausea, vomiting, paranoia, fear and panic, fainting, seizure, and death.

All drugs are dangerous including designer drugs! Please check out the links below for more information.

Additional Helpful and Informative Websites…


Addiction Center

Drug-Free America

Office of National Drug Control Policy

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Meth Resources

DEA- Street Smart Prevention

For Parents: The Anti-Drug
DEA Street Smart Prevention

Please assist us…

Recorded Telephone Tip Line at 480-312-8477. Please leave a message.

Online Citizen Tip Form, English version

Online Citizen Tip Form, Spanish version







Special Investigations Section personnel are not listed on this website for security reasons. However, messages left for investigators or supervisors on the Tipline will be routed to the appropriate person. We sincerely appreciate your interest in helping make our community safer and drug free. Thank you for your support.


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