ROBERT ALMONTE

While working as a narcotics detective, I learned that Mexican drug traffickers and gang members were praying for protection from law enforcement. They prayed to various religious icons and many of these traffickers also utilized an advisor known as a “curandero” for guidance and to perform “blessings” on themselves as well as their drug loads. In 2003, I began conducting extensive research on how the Mexican drug traffickers involve the spiritual world in their activity. Mexican drug traffickers pray to various recognized and non-recognized religious icons that are known as their “patron saints”. These “patron saints” or icons include; Jesus Malverde, Santa Muerte, San Simon, Juan Soldado, St. Jude, The Virgin of Guadalupe, San Ramon, San Toribio Romo, Nino de Atocha and others. I have visited several shrines of their patron saints throughout Mexico, Spain, and the United States. I have compiled several cases from law enforcement officers throughout the United States where these items have been involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. I created and produced a law enforcement training video; “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld”, and I am currently writing a book on this topic. Over the last nine years, I have conducted training throughout the United States for several thousand law enforcement officers. I have testified in federal and state court concerning various icons.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS, GUEST LECTURES

State Organizations

Alabama Narcotic Officers Association
Arizona HIDTA
Arizona Narcotic Officers Association
Arkansas Narcotic Officers Association
Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers
Auto Burglary Theft Prevention Authority Texas State Conference
California Gang Investigators Association
California Narcotic Officers Association
Colorado Drug Enforcement Association
Connecticut Narcotic Officers Association
Drug Interdiction Assistance Program (DIAP)
Florida Narcotic Officers Association
Georgia State Training Academy
Gulf Coast HIDTA
Hawaii Narcotic Officers Association
Idaho Narcotic Officers Association
Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association
Indiana Narcotics Officers Association
Iowa Narcotic Officers Association
Kansas Narcotic Officers Association
Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association
Louisiana Narcotic Officers Association
Louisiana Sheriffs Association
Mid Atlantic RegionalGang Investigators Network (MARGIN)
Minnesota Narcotic Investigators Association
Mississippi Narcotic Officers Association
Missouri Narcotic Officers Association
Montana Narcotic Officers Association
Nebraska HIDTA
Nebraska Law Enforcement Intelligence Network
Nebraska Sheriffs Association

New Mexico HIDTA
New England Narcotic Officers Association
New Mexico Gang Task Force
New Mexico Narcotic Officers Association
Northern California HIDTA
Northern Ohio HIDTA
Ohio Narcotic Officers Association
Oklahoma Narcotics Officers Association
Oregon Narcotic Officers Association
North Carolina Narcotic Officers Association
Northern Ohio HIDTA
Pacific Northwest Canine Association
Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association
South Dakota Police Officers Association
Southwest Border Sheriffs’ Coalition
Southern California Gang Conference
Texas Auto Burglary and Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA)
Texas District Attorneys’ Investigators’ Association
Texas Gang Investigators Association
Texas Narcotic Officers Association
Texas Crime Prevention Association
Tennessee Narcotic Officers Association
University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute
Utah Narcotic Officers Association
Wisconsin Narcotic Officers Association

National Agencies/Organizations

Swedish Narcotic Officers Association
International Association of Forensic Investigators
International Bi-Coastal Terrorism Conference
International Latino Gang Investigators Association
International Undercover Officers Association
US Virgin Islands Narcotics Conference

International Organizations

Swedish Narcotic Officers Association
International Association of Forensic Investigators
International Bi-Coastal Terrorism Conference
International Latino Gang Investigators Association
International Undercover Officers Association
US Virgin Islands Narcotics Conference

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