Frank is currently the Managing Partner for Nobis LLC and its Hard Knocks Schoolhouse. He is also employed in a part time status as a Program Manager by the Xator Corporation. Prior to this employment he was employed with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a Criminal Justice Planner assigned to the Officer Safety Intelligence Unit. He was employed by the TSM Corporation for approximately 18months where he served as the Director of the TIFN. During that time, he developed the travelers and behavior dynamics courses. He retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) in 2014, which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice, after 25 years of service. The majority of his career was as a Supervisory Special Agent (GS-14). His primary duties were in relation to complex investigations to include undercover operations. He conducted three separate infiltrations of his own into three Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (Brothers, MC, Vagos MC and an Aryan Brother motorcycle club know as the Order of Blood MC). He also worked alongside other agents in an undercover capacity supporting those who were infiltrating the Outlaws MC, Hells Angels MC, Pagans MC and Warlocks MC both as a field agent and supervisor. He coordinated many efforts with other federal, state local and foreign law enforcement partners. He helped to develop and later served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Undercover Branch in Washington DC for approximately three years. He served as an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Coordinator (OCDETF) for the Southeast Region of the United States, as a Group Supervisor (GS) for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in Dallas, TX and as a GS in Youngstown, OH for the ATF Columbus Field Division/Field Operations.
He served on the USSOCOM training advisory board for Signature Reduction for approximately five years. He also served two years as the Vice Chair for the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Domestic Working Group as it relates to cover. He served for three years as the DoD/DIA Liaison Officer for ATF working with the Special Mission Units and other Special Operations Forces in regards to Signature Reduction and overseas operations. He developed law enforcement support for the SOF community for their various training venues within the continental United States for over ten years.
During his career, he has testified in federal court as a subject matter expert in relation to outlaw motorcycle gangs. He has received eleven (11) Special Act or Service Awards for investigative excellence from ATF, two (2) distinguished service medals from ATF and one Medal of Valor from the International Narcotics Association for his undercover work infiltrating criminal organizations. He received Special Commendations from the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department, HUD, Office of Inspector General, Columbus Field Division, the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio, the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada. He also received awards from the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Associations Investigation for the Investigation and Undercover of the Year Award, and the 2014 Gil Amoroso Lifetime Achievement Award for Investigative Excellence and contributions to the IOMGIA.
He has been an instructor for the ATF National Academy relating to criminal organizations, undercover and field operations. He developed courses of instruction for the new agents attending the ATF National Academy, and advanced training courses for federal, state and local law enforcement officers. He has presented courses of instruction and case studies relating to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and other transnational criminal organizations at the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association International Conference (IOMGIA), The Ohio Attorney Generals Annual Conference, Ohio NARCO, the Biker Investigators of Northern California (BIANCA), The North Carolina Gang Investigators Association Conference, the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association Conference, The Virginia Gang Investigators Conference, International Gang Symposium in Garmisch, Germany, and the Department of Homeland Security.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University in 1988 and graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude.
Mark served as a law enforcement officer for over 37 years. He started his career with the St. Louis Police Department in 1979 as a patrolman, later working undercover and then served as part of the Major Case Squad which worked the most complex homicide investigations in the St. Louis, MO., East St. Louis, IL. region. In 1989, he accepted a position as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in St. Louis, MO. He retired in 2016, but continues to instruct at the ATF National Academy.
Throughout Mark’s career he investigated complex criminal organizations involving crimes of violence and the trafficking of narcotics. He also conducted numerous long-term infiltrations of both national and transnational violent criminal organizations. He was the primary undercover agent during the largest heroin trafficking investigation in the history of St. Louis, and he infiltrated an Aryan criminal organization and multiple outlaw motorcycle gangs to include the Outlaws MC.
Mark served as a Program Manager for the ATF Advanced Undercover Program at the ATF National Academy, during which time he assisted with the development and rewriting of the ATF Advanced Undercover Program, which included lesson plans, scenario development and student evaluations. He later served as a Project Officer for the ATF Undercover Branch where he coordinated and organized strategic covert/undercover operations and programs throughout the United States. He implemented training to enhance the Bureau’s ability to conduct undercover operations and complex/multi conspiracy investigations involving firearms and Federal crimes of violence. Mark was also served as a member of the ATF Special Response Team and received training as a Medic.
Mark has instructed at numerous law enforcement conference throughout the Unites States and internationally and is considered a subject matter expert relating to outlaw motorcycle gangs. He has received numerous awards throughout his career for exceptional work as a law enforcement officer to include: Most Outstanding Cadet- St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy, Police Officer of the Year, ATF Special Agent of the Year, International Narcotics Officer Association Investigative Award, United States Attorney Award Titan Award for Investigative Excellence, United States Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism, International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Award for most outstanding Investigation and Undercover Case, ATF Distinguished Service Medal, ATF Medal of Valor, and the United States Attorneys’ Office Career Achievement Award.
Mark graduated from Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS in Criminal Justice Psychology.
Alfred De Angelus
De Angelus retired from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in December 2017. At the time of his retirement, Al had served as the Supervisory Special Agent for the Cyber Crimes and Child Exploitation Unit in Miami, Florida since September of 2015.
Al served over 26 years as a federal law enforcement officer, with 19 years of undercover experience related to narcotics, currency operations, commercial fraud and counter proliferation investigations. He started his career in 1991, with the legacy, US Customs Service, in Rouses Point, NY, as a Customs Inspector and as a member of the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), manning and patrolling between the Ports of Entry within the Ogdensburg District’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) along the border with Quebec Canada. During his time there, he effected hundreds of arrests of smugglers, illegal aliens, and NCIC wanted persons, as well as the seizures of narcotics, currency, stolen vehicles and contraband secreted within cargo, passenger vehicles, small vessels and commercial trucks, buses and passenger trains entering and exiting the United States. In late 1994, Al transferred to the Port of Morehead City, NC, where he conducted the inspection, search and clearance of commercial, military and private vessels and aircraft. Additionally, he served as the Vice President, and then President of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). In 1996, Al transferred to US Customs Headquarters in Washington DC, serving as a Program Manager in the Offices of Anti-Smuggling, Strategic Problem Solving and the Border Interdiction Committee.
In 1997, Al became a Special Agent with the US Customs Service assigned to the Office of the Special Agent in Charge, Miami Florida (SAC Miami) where he spent 3 years aboard US Customs “go-fast” vessels patrolling offshore in concert with the Air and Marine Division and conducting small vessel and Cruise Ship narcotics smuggling investigations and working undercover. Al seized thousands of pounds of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana as well as millions of dollars of narcotics proceeds.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Al was assigned as the primary undercover agent (UCA) for the newly created Arms and Strategic Technology Certified Undercover Operation (CUC) out of Fort Lauderdale, posing as a full-time legitimate business owner and licensed arms dealer, operating out of a brick and mortar storefront/office/warehouse, acquiring and selling arms, weapons systems and controlled commodities to illicit arms dealers, brokers, money launderers and representatives of the governments of Iran and China. In 2004, Al was reassigned to the Financial investigations group in Fort Lauderdale, conducting money laundering investigations of unlicensed money remitters, resulting in the seizures of millions of dollars of US currency. In 2007, Al became the Acting Group Supervisor for the money laundering group until his promotion to GS-14 Supervisory Special Agent for the Arms and Strategic Technology Certified Undercover Operation (CUC) in March of 2008. From March of 2008, until September of 2015, he planned and supervised, and directed the UC CUC in the conduct of numerous high profile, complex, transnational, and highly sensitive, Counter Proliferation Investigations (CPI).From August 2011, until January 2012, Al was detailed by HSI Headquarters to the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) National Capital Region (NCR) to establish HSI’s liaison and collaboration relationship with the interagency on National Security concerns. He has been an instructor for the HSI at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) relating to advanced undercover Counter Proliferation Investigations (CPI), and has trained the majority of HSI’s CUC personnel in the conduct of undercover CPI. De Angelus has served as an instructor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the United States Department of State’s (DOS) Export and Border Security (EXBS) program, teaching foreign law enforcement personnel on the conduct of UC CPI operations in: Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Al is the recipient of several Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer (OLEO) awards, and the DHS Assistant Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award. Al attended Providence College majoring in Political Science and History.
Chris Kempf is currently employed with the Fayetteville Police Department in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he is a detective with their Violent Criminal Apprehension Team. He has been employed there since 2003. He started his career on patrol and quickly rose to the rank of detective working in their Office of Special Information. Some of his duties in that unit included working street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, extremists, anti-government groups, repeat offenders, and terrorism. In 2013 the unit was changed to the Gun and Gang Violence Unit and the main focus was to build long term cases against gangs and their members. During this time he was able to successfully build numerous cases against gangs in Fayetteville, NC and testify in state and federal courts as a gang expert. Chris was also able to successfully identify and build the first case in Fayetteville, NC on a known graffiti vandal (tagger) who caused thousands of dollars in property damage to the downtown area in the city.
Chris is a board member with the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association and holds the position on the executive board of secretary and is an active member in the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association as well. Through his work with NCGIA he was able to successfully create gang legislation with other members of the association which was recently passed in December of 2017.
Chris has previously worked with various law enforcement agencies, local, state, and federal with gang related cases. He also has taught gang awareness presentations all across North Carolina on gang identification, interview tactics, and suppression techniques. Fayetteville Police Department launched a program called EKG (Educating Kids on Gun Violence) and Chris assisted on creating the program, is featured as the gang expert on the video, and taught numerous high schools in the county on this program. This program was identified by NCGIA as the program of the year in 2015.
Chris has numerous accolades and awards to include three departmental citations, three merit awards, five individual commendations, two unit citations, and a police heart from being shot in the line of duty in 2006. In 2017 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from NCGIA for all of his work in gang education, identification, interdiction, and prevention. Chris was also identified as the Police Activity/Athletic League coach of the year in 2016. He has achieved his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in North Carolina and the Advanced Gang Specialist Certification through NCGIA.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1997.
Jon-Paul (JP) Guarino served with the 3/235 ABCT 82nd Airborne Division and spent a majority of his service in Vicenza Italy. JP graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. JP has received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from both the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the NC Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. JP has 22 years’ experience working with gang related / domestic terrorist / security threat group population. He served as a Gang Detective for 20 years of his 22 years in law enforcement. JP has provided expert testimony for NC State Courts.
JP has been a contributing writer for many works to include; Collective Violence Second Edition textbook for Criminal Justice Majors, “Art vs. Violence” a comparative study of tagger crews and gang graffiti, “BEST PRACTICES MANUAL”: The Wilmington Youth Violence Intervention Program, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lower Cape Fear Gang Task Force Assessment and “A Second’s Chance” - Gang Violence Task Force Prevention Program published in the American Surgeon journal.
JP has numerous accolades to include recognition by NCGIA for his contribution in creating gang legislation, the Governor’s Excellence in Juvenile Crime Prevention Award, Recipient of the Walter Lawson NOBLE Award, Commendation; Wilmington Police Department, Investigation/arrest in two gang homicides, Commendation; Wilmington Police Department, Talking suicidal youth off a bridge, Commendation; Wilmington Police Department, Identification of an illegal drug distribution network and the Recipient of the Army Achievement Medal.
JP has previously worked with various law enforcement agencies, The N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, The N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission and has served as a Consultant specializing in gang identification and awareness. JP currently works with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as the Gang Management Analyst. He also currently serves as a board member with the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association/Gang Free NC and provides training to law enforcement agencies regarding gang identification, interview tactics and suppression techniques. JP conducts community gang assessments and provides stakeholders, law enforcement executives and community leaders with data driven results to assist in programmatic strategies and techniques to prevent or intervene in the current gang climate.
Darrin “Koz” Kozlowski
Darrin served as a Special Agent in Federal law enforcement for approximately 30 years. He began his career with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in June of 1988. In July of 1989, he lateral transferred over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) where he remained until his retirement effective October 2017. He had worked in various cities throughout the United States (Chicago, IL; Sacramento, CA; Milwaukee, WI), but worked the majority of his career (1996 – 2017 - over 20 years) assigned to Los Angeles, CA.
During his career, Darrin primarily worked investigations involving armed violent criminals, complex criminal organizations, violent street gangs, armed robbery crews, and armed drug traffickers. Darrin is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on undercover techniques and outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMG’s). He has testified in both federal and state court as an expert regarding both.
Darrin spent 11 years as a member of ATF’s Special Response Team (SRT) where he specialized as a Sniper and Division Tactical Advisor (DTA). Darrin was a 17-year member of ATF’s Enhanced Undercover Program (EUP), which is a national program comprised of “elite” level undercover ATF Special Agents. During the last 20 years of his career, Darrin worked as a “full time” undercover operative in a multitude of investigations ranging from routine “street buys” to long term infiltrations. Noteworthy: between 1997 and 2008 (11 years), Darrin had spent approximately six of those years working in a full time undercover capacity infiltrating three (3) different outlaw motorcycle gangs (Vagos; Warlocks; Mongols). During his last infiltration of the Mongols OMG, Darrin spent over 3 years in an undercover role, which culminated into the largest single enforcement operation in the history of ATF.
Darrin has routinely served as an instructor to ATF’s National Academy regarding undercover and field operations for over 20 years. In addition, he has been a primary instructor and senior evaluator at numerous ATF “advanced” undercover training schools throughout the country. He has also provided instruction and case studies to various national conferences (International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association; California Gang Investigators Association; Texas Gang Investigators Association; Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association; New Jersey Gang Investigators Association; Virginia Gang Investigators Association; Northwest Gang Investigators Association; Illinois Gang Investigators Association; Nevada Gang Investigators Association to name a few). He has also provided undercover instruction and consulted foreign law enforcement agencies regarding undercover techniques to include, but not limited to, Netherlands, Thailand, Germany, Canada, and the Republic of Georgia.
Darrin is a three-time recipient of the ATF Distinguished Service Medal; has received the U.S. Attorney Generals Award for his undercover work during the Mongols OMG investigation; is a four-time recipient of the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Award for both Outstanding Investigations and Undercover Investigations; Received numerous awards from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Central District of California for his undercover work in various investigations; Medal of Valor – Federal Bar Association; Medal of Valor, International Narcotic Officers Association.
Darrin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University in May 1988.
Carl J. Maccario
After graduating from Suffolk University, Boston Massachusetts in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree Carl began a career in the law enforcement arena. Working as an Investigator/Auditor in the Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Carl specialized in securities fraud. While in this position he conducted hundreds of field interviews, interrogations and audits. Carl was also responsible for leading investigations in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office with the edict of preparing reports and documentation in order to lead to successful prosecutions. While employed with the Office of Secretary of State Carl also held the role of coordinator for in service training at the Securities Division; where he was responsible for directing other investigators/auditors in the various investigative processes. Some of the training attended by Carl during this employment was: The Massachusetts State Police Academy & Essex County Sheriff’s Department training for Basic Interview and Interrogation and Advanced Interview and Interrogation Techniques.
After the tragedy of September 11, 2001Carl left his position with the Office of the Secretary of State to begin a career with Virgin Atlantic Airlines. In his new position as a Security Analyst and Passenger Profiler Carl became fascinated with the field of Nonverbal Communication and Cognitive Questioning. Carl received extensive training in Behavior Pattern Recognition, Document Identification Verification, Deception Detection and Eliciting Truthful Responses. This specialized training was contracted by Virgin Atlantic Airlines and provided by former members of the Israeli Government and Intelligence Divisions.
When the United States Congress enacted and created the Department of Homeland Security Carl returned to government service and began a productive career with the Federal Government in the Transportation Security Administration where he achieved the position of Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director. While at the TSA Carl began utilizing his knowledge and security experience to help design, develop and implement the first Behavior Screening Program for Boston’s Logan International Airport. Once the program was up and running in Boston Carl had the opportunity to teach and put into practice this program in airports across the United States. During his tenure with the TSA, while developing the program, Carl had the opportunity to train thousands of TSA Officers, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement personnel as well as Private Security professionals in Suspicious Behavior Detection, Cognitive Questioning Techniques and Eliciting Truthful Responses; in addition to having the opportunity to interview and screen thousands of passengers.
In August of 2010 Carl attended the Advanced Homeland Security Executive Studies Program in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the last fifteen years while working for the TSA and in private practice Carl has been honing his skills by continually performing the skill set in various operational environments. He continues to be a student, practioner and researcher while teaching nonverbal communication techniques. He has studied and researched reading nonverbal cues and self-awareness of what nonverbal messages we send to others; even when we are speaking.
In January of 2015 Carl conducted training in the United Arab Emirates on Suspicious Behavior Detection, Cognitive Questioning Techniques and Nonverbal Communication. In June 2015 he provided Suspicious Activity Recognition Training and Screening for the June 2015 Pan Am games held in Toronto, Canada for Contemporary Services Corporation, Event Security. For over a decade Carl has presented training for the United States Department of Defense and Special Operations Community helping to prepare them for traveling into hostile areas of the world. This training was custom designed for the Special Operations community. Carl is engaged in this training on a continuous basis.
Carl has taught extensively to local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies including but not limited to:
Transportation Security Administration
Federal Protective Service Police
Federal Bureau of Investigation, original member of the Terrorist Research Analysis Project (T.R.A.P.)
United States Federal Air Marshal Service
Customs and Border Protection
Detroit, MI Police Department - ongoing training
Everett, MA Police Department
Lynn, MA Police Department
Marblehead, MA Police Department<
Peabody, MA Police Department>
Stoughton, MA Police Department
Somerville, MA Police Department
Tewksbury, MA Police Department
Rhode Island State Police
Massachusetts State Police
University of Connecticut Police
West Virginia University Police
Monongahela Virginia Sheriff’s Department
Various media outlets have recognized Carl’s program including:
The Washington Post
The New York Times
CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (S.P.O.T.) program.
Carl was featured in former TSA Administrator, Kip Hawley’s book, Permanent Emergency. He has been a contributing author to the text book, Nonverbal Behavior: Science and Application and Protecting Airline Passengers in the Age of Terrorism, published by (ABC-CLIO).
Carl is a certified instructor in Evaluating Truthfulness and Detecting Deception by the Ekman Group. He has attended both the Basic and Advanced Interview and Interrogation Course taught by John Reid and Associates. He has attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a guest of the US Customs and Border Protection to participate in their Detecting Deception and Eliciting responses Training. He has been a guest lecturer at Northeastern University, Boston for Psychology and the Law.
Carl has also consulted in private industry including defense contractors for best hiring practices, physical plant security, and insider threat mitigation. Carl has taught reading nonverbal cues to sales people in the business industry at some of the leading corporations in the world. As a consultant he has worked for several insurance business giants. In the science and technology field Carl has consulted with numerous government affiliated laboratories, and think tanks. He continues to work closely with some of the world’s foremost scientists in the study of deception, emotion and evaluating truthfulness.
Steve retired in 2014 with over 25 years of law enforcement service working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Explosives and a short stint with the Internal Revenue. During that time, he was a member of ATF’s Enhanced Undercover Program for 14 years and he also served as a member of the Special Response Team for 6 years.
Steve spent a career working and teaching undercover operations. He helped create, develop and promote the ATF Home Invasion Investigations Program. He worked as both case agent and undercover on approximately 40-50 home invasion crews. He also worked on three separate yearlong store front operations in the South Florida area as co-lead undercover agent. The operations netted at least 90 defendants and 300+ firearms purchased at each store. He worked undercover on a 3-year infiltration of a tobacco trafficking organization led by an ex- Kentucky State legislator. Worked undercover on a yearlong investigation infiltrating the Jamaat al Muslimen terrorist organization in Trinidad. Worked undercover for nine months infiltrating the MS-13 street gang with a fellow ATF agent in Washington DC. Other general undercover assignments to include murder for hires, purchases of narcotics and firearms.
Steve has also been an Instructor at numerous ATF undercover schools, complex investigation schools and home invasion schools. He also instructed internationally to Royal Mounted Police undercover personnel and other Canadian undercover officers. (Toronto and Montreal)
Steve has received the following awards:
Dade County Top Cop Award - Case of the Year (2014)
HIDTA Case of the Year (National Award) for a storefront investigation in Miami Gardens (2013)
OCDETF Case of the Year (North Carolina) for undercover work leading to the arrest of a nine-member home invasion crew that committed a murder (2013)
ATF Distinguished Service Medal (2005 and 2012)
ATF Non-Supervisory Agent of the Year (2003)
United States Attorney’s Office Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the year award (South Florida- 1993, 2001, 2008 and 2013)
Steve graduated from San Jose University in 1988 as a Distinguished Graduate with a B.S. Accounting.
Detective Fred Raines has served as a Detective for over twenty years. His law enforcement service includes his positions employed by the Trumbull County, OH, Sheriff’s Department from 1999 to 2003 where he has specialized in narcotics investigations; as employed by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department from June of 2003 through February of 2010, also specializing in narcotics investigations; and as employed by the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department from February 2010 to present. All positions were assigned to the Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga (TAG) Law Enforcement Task Force. His prior police experience includes seven years with the Kinsman, OH, Police Department. Detective Raines has been involved in more than five hundred narcotics investigations and has assisted in conducting over one hundred search warrants during his employment in Law Enforcement. Detective Raines has worked in an undercover capacity on numerous occasions during narcotics and violent crime related Investigations. He participated in a long-term undercover investigation with ATF as part of a 2 yearlong infiltration into the Aryan Brotherhood (order of Blood MC), and various related Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG) in Ohio. He is currently a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and NARCO. He previously held a Federal Commission with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service. In addition, Detective Raines has completed Homeland Security Investigations Training and has a Federal Commission with US Customs/Ice.
He has undergone extensive training in law enforcement, to wit: Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Basic Training; Surveillance Techniques, and Undercover Investigations, Federal Bureau Of Investigations; S.W.A.T school, Governors’ office of Criminal Justice; Video Surveillance Techniques, NARCO; Drug Investigations and Pharmaceutical Diversion, U.S. 23 Pipeline Task force; Highway Interdiction, Drug Enforcement Administration; Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation; Hazardous Material Technician, Ohio Fire Academy; and numerous other training schools.
Detective Raines has prior experience as instructor working with ATF and their undercover schools, the Ohio Police Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) and NARCO.
Aaron joined the ranks of the Maryland State Police in December of 1990. Aaron worked as a uniform road trooper at a criminal and traffic or “full service” installation on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As a road trooper, he received numerous certifications from the Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC) which included Police Instructor, EVOC Instructor, Officer Survival Instructor, and Firearms Instructor.
In 2002, Aaron was transferred to the Criminal Intelligence Division, as an investigator specializing in Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and their associates. He was a team member and participant in an investigation led by the ATF, Washington Field Division. That investigative team was responsible for the identification, arrest, and ultimately the closing of Maryland’s first Hells Angels Charter in North Beach, Maryland. During the same time period, he was additionally a participant in a long-term investigation into the Iron Horseman Motorcycle Club and their associates. That investigation led to multiple arrests, and one club member being discovered dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound. The case remains classified as a suicide to this day.
During his time in the Criminal Intelligence Division he was promoted several times and continued to be an active participant in many Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) investigations in Maryland, and the Mid-Atlantic region.
In May 2007, Aaron was reassigned to the Homeland Security and Intelligence Division, where he directed and managed both covert and overt operations on a wide variety of topics and operations, including murder for hire, vice operations, street and bike gangs, and a number of unconventional investigations. Several of his investigations resulted in the identification, recruitment, development, and implementation of long-term criminal informants, some of which are still in play today.
In July 2008, Aaron was reassigned to the Criminal Intelligence Section as the Maryland State Police’s lead gang instructor, whose primary assignment is to provide training to varied audiences on a broad spectrum of gang topics.
Aaron has conducted or assisted in thousands of OMG investigations on the Federal, State, and Local levels. From 2012 to 2017, traveled the Country extensively assisting allied agencies with OMG-related investigations and/or provided OMG training. Over the course of those years he provided OMG/gang related training in 29 states to over 17,000 plus law enforcement students.
In March 2016, Aaron retired from the Maryland State Police. Aaron continues to enjoy instructing at law enforcement related training conferences.
He is a member, and a perennial presenter at the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association (IOMGIA) annual conference; he is a member in good standing since 2001. In 2015, Aaron received the IOMGIA Presidents Award for outstanding contributions for investigations conducted on OMG’s.
Alan recently retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after 30 years of service. During his career with ATF, Alan served as a Special Agent in Gulfport, MS and Jackson, MS; a Project Officer in the Special Operations Division, Undercover Branch in ATF HQ in Washington, DC; and as a Program Manager at ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR). In the early years of his career, he served as a member, Team Medic, and Assistant Team Leader of the Birmingham Field Division Special Response Team and later on Tm 2 (Southeast) Special Response Team.
As a case agent/investigator, Alan led numerous investigations into multi-defendant, multi-state conspiracies involving narcotics, firearms violations, money laundering, and Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) organizations. As a result of some of those investigations, he made presentations for the International Asian Organized Crime Investigators Association and several state gang investigators conferences, narcotics officers associations and other organizations.
Alan was selected as an original member of ATF’s Enhanced Undercover Program (EUP) and participated as a primary or supporting undercover operative in outlaw motorcycle gang investigations, murder-for-hire investigations, firearms and narcotics investigations and contraband cigarette investigations involving a wide range of criminal defendants in MS, AL, GA, TX, CA, IN, ME, PA, and AZ.
He has instructed various courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) including ATF’s State/Local Undercover Investigators Training Program, ATF’s Basic Academy, several Department of State International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) locations (Haiti, Barbados, Botswana, and El Salvador) and ATF’s NCETR. Alan has participated in the curriculum development for numerous courses at FLETC and NCETR and assisted in the development of bureau directives outlining standard operating procedures for undercover investigations and explosives usage policies.
Alan received 24 special act awards, the ATF Foreign Service medal, and the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators award. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) with a Bachelor’s of Public Administration.
Lou retired in 2016 from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). He began his career with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, in Los Angeles, in June of 1991. In July of 1996, he served 2 years with the U.S. Marshals Service, and then he transferred over to ATF where he remained until his retirement effective November 2016.
Lou spent the last two decades of his career working in an undercover capacity for long term, high profile and complex investigations of organized crime groups, street gangs, murder-for-hire schemes, home invasion crews, outlaw motorcycle organizations and conducting storefront operations. Throughout his career he was deployed to various areas in the country to work in an undercover capacity to infiltrate criminal organizations. Lou is perhaps best known for the undercover storefront operations he conducted as reported on CNN and Discovery Networks. He was designated as a subject matter expert in storefront operations and long term undercover operations by ATF and through these investigations he developed a unique investigative blueprint for removing crime guns from violent felons, gang members, organized crime members, and drug dealers. The four undercover storefront operations that Lou conducted in Georgia, where he served as lead undercover agent and co-case agent, resulted in the undercover purchase of over one thousand crime guns and the conviction of over three hundred defendants.
During his career Lou received numerous awards for his undercover work including:
Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer’s Award from the United States Attorney’s Office
Gun Crime Investigation of the Year award from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program
Gang Investigation of the Year award from PSN
Case of the Year Award from the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)
Lou was assigned to the Undercover Branch, Special Operations Division at ATF headquarters to work as an advisor to field agents around the country for short-term undercover operations and long-term infiltrations of violent criminal organizations. He conducted extensive training, mentoring, and guidance, as well as sharing expertise and best case practices to advance ongoing missions. Lou has provided mentoring and training to ATF agents and various state and local law enforcement officers in undercover operations and complex investigations techniques and procedures at ATF basic and advanced undercover schools.
Lou graduated from Lafayette College in 1990.
Allan Melton – Technical Advisor
Allan is currently employed with SurTec, Inc. as the Southeast Accounts Executive, in Charlotte, NC. He retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) in December 2016, with 27 years of service. From 1989 until 2002, Allan served as Special Agent, SRT (SWAT) team member and Senior Operations Officer for the Charlotte Field Division. In 2002 he was selected as Tactical Operations Officer and served there until his recent retirement. His primary duties were to provide direct tactical support to Special Agents in all phases of investigations and undercover operations with emphasis on the technical aspects. In relation to the technical component, Allan is a member of NATIA (National Technical Investigators Association) and has achieved and maintained National Certification as a Technical Investigator since 2011. This certification includes hundreds of hours in advanced technical training courses such as: Covert Electronic Tracking, Firetide Mesh Engineer, IP Video Installer, High Voltage Environment Installations, Advanced GPS Tracking/Data Analysis, Penlink Call Analysis, and Cell Site Simulator Locating.
He has been a primary instructor for the ATF National Academy relating to technical investigations and electronic surveillance for field operations. He developed courses of instruction for the new agents attending the ATF National Academy, and advanced training courses for federal, state and local law enforcement officers in all aspects of technical and electronic surveillance systems and techniques.
During his career, he has received 12 Superior Performance Awards, 3 Special Act Awards and One Hostile Action Award (2012). He has worked on many high profile investigations and operations to include: 2012 Democratic National Convention; 2005 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Electronic Countermeasures Team; 2004 G8 Summit; NASCAR Security Lowes Motor Speedway (10 years); 1998 Eric Rudolph Investigation;1997 World Cup of Golf; 1993 SRT Activation Waco, Texas; 1992, 1996, 2000 U.S. Secret Service OTA Presidential Election Teams.
Prior to his career with ATF, Allan served as a SC State Trooper in Columbia, SC, for 6 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University.