Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld Seminar – Whittier, CA
May 11, 2017 – Thursday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The training will be held at SOG Training Center, 15820 Whittier Blvd. Suite K, Whittier, California 90603
Drug and human traffickers, gang members and other criminals involve the spiritual world in their trade for protection from law enforcement. This intensive course will include information on various legitimate and illegitimate saints and icons used by criminals. Several significant arrests, including that of a cold case murder, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course and are discussed during the presentation.
Deputy Chief (Ret), El Paso, Texas Police Department and former U.S. Marshal. Robert has 32 years of law enforcement experience with expertise in narcotics investigations and undercover work. He served as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas from 2010 to 2016.
He previously served 25 years with the El Paso, TX Police Department where he spent the majority of his career in narcotics investigations and retired as a Deputy Chief. As the Narcotics Commander with the EPPD, he championed innovative programs like the Hotel/Motel Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Stash House Task Force, both of which yielded successful apprehensions through community-policing initiatives.
Robert Almonte has received numerous awards, including the 1999 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for National “Outstanding HIDTA Task Force Commander”, as well as Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2003. He has provided training to thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the United States and Sweden. He has spent years conducting extensive research on the Mexican drug trade, and how they pray for protection from law enforcement. He is also the creator and producer of the DVD; “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld”.
Drug and human traffickers, gang members and others involve the spiritual world in their trade for protection from law enforcement. This intensive course will include information on various legitimate and illegitimate saints and icons used by criminals. Embedded in the traditions and culture of the Hispanic community are legitimate Catholic saints that the faithful pray to for protection and/or assistance such as St. Jude (patron saint of impossible causes) and San Ramon (patron saint of silence). Some of the legitimately recognized Catholic saints are also used by drug traffickers for “protection” from law enforcement. There are still other unrecognized saints or spirits that drug traffickers and others have adopted and use to protect them from law enforcement in their illegal activities. They include Jesus Malverde (patron saint of drug traffickers); San Simon (patron saint of the underworld and Santa Muerte. Santa Muerte’s popularity in the United States has become increasingly alarming and has been associated with violent crimes. Instructor Robert Almonte has spent years conducting extensive research on the Mexican drug trade visiting several shrines in Mexico and the United States and will display photos and video as well as paraphernalia that drug traffickers may have had in their possession. Although these items are not probable cause for search or arrest, this course serves to educate and alert law enforcement officials to their significance, thereby enhancing officer safety.
After 25 years of dedicated service, Mr. Almonte retired as Deputy Chief with the El Paso Police Department spending most of his career on the frontline of the drug war. He Robert was appointed by President Barack Obama as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas and served from 2010 to 2016.
This unique course is extremely beneficial to law enforcement officers in all parts of the country who may encounter images, icons, statutes, and other items during or pursuant to an investigation. Several significant arrests, including the clearing of a cold case murder investigation, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course and are discussed during the presentation.
The registration fee for the one-day training program is $125.00 per person (Seating is limited) .
We accept cash, check or Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Discover.
Group discounts are available. Tuition cost includes the cost of the instruction, handout materials, and certificate of completion.
For information call Robert Almonte at 210-740- 6170 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All checks or purchase orders must be made payable to Robert Almonte LLC, and
mailed to PO Box 692374, San Antonio, TX 78269.