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Vice and Narcotics Division
The mission of the Vice and Narcotics Division is  to: 1) conduct the complex investigations necessary to identify and eliminate the suppliers that control the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods; and 2)  assist the patrol divisions in developing and implementing strategies that address street level drug sales that can have a devastating impact on crime and quality of life at the neighborhood level.  

The Vice section is responsible for collecting, recording, maintaining, and disseminating intelligence data on criminal enterprises within and affecting the City of Charlotte. The Vice section concentrates on illegal activities such as gambling, bookmaking, pornography, prostitution and human trafficking, and Vice detectives provide oversight, training, and support to all areas of the department regarding vice issues. They also maintain liaison with city, county, state, federal, and international agencies in order to conduct investigations into related crimes.

The Narcotics section is responsible for collecting, archiving and disseminating narcotics-related intelligence for successful investigations and prosecutions. The goal is to reduce all criminal activity by effectively investigating, combating and interdicting the importation of illegal drugs into Mecklenburg County,  thus enhancing the quality of life for the citizens in our community. This is accomplished by developing informant networks, working undercover, conducting surveillance, processing criminal intelligence data, arresting drug dealers and buyers who engage in illegal drug transactions. Detectives work closely with other units within CMPD, especially the Gang and Firearm Enforcement Division,  the Intelligence Unit  as well as their counterparts on the state and federal level. 

Vice and Narcotics detectives play a key role in assisting prosecuting attorneys who prepare successful narcotics cases for court.

Captain Mike Harri​​​s
Sgt. Shane Edmonds
Sgt. Chad Howard

Vice and Narcotics Division Contact Number   704-336-3110
Vice and Narcotics ANONYMOUS TIP LINE        704-336-8423

Department Resources

Narcotics Interdiction Unit
Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Unit
Technical Surveillance Unit
Narcotics K-9 Unit
Community Outreach
Asset Forfeiture Unit
Commonly Asked Questions
Websites of Interest

Narcotics Interdiction Unit
Detectives within the Narcotics Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have formed a partnership with the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) to investigate drug trafficking organizations inside Mecklenburg County.  Enforcement efforts are aimed at intercepting large shipments of controlled substances and successfully prosecuting those responsible.  Narcotics Interdiction detectives work alongside I.C.E. agents and utilize a wide array of investigative techniques to conduct these investigations, including, but not limited to anonymous and concerned citizen tips, confidential informants, cooperating defendants, surveillance(s) of suspects and suspect locations.  Interdiction efforts are coordinated between CMPD and I.C.E. at locations of public transportation, such as Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, third party shipping locations, Interstates that traverse Mecklenburg County, and other identified avenues of narcotics smuggling.  Detectives assigned to the N.I.U. can be contacted with narcotics information, tips, or questions at 704-336-3110 or 704-679-6140.

Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Unit
Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion detectives are responsible for investigations pertaining to the diversion of controlled substances and prescription drugs. These investigations may include embezzlement of controlled substances by health care workers and pharmacy staff or fraud and forgery used to obtain prescription drugs illegally, "doctor shopping", and false pretense.  Diversion detectives also investigate unlicensed practitioners in unison with the NC State Bureau of Investigation, NC Medical Board, NC Board of Nursing and the NC Board of Pharmacy. Through the partnerships with each of these agencies we are able to educate the public as well as the medical community on ways to prevent the diversion and illicit use of prescription drugs and controlled substances. 

A person commits an offense if they do the following:

  • Obtain or attempt to obtain a dangerous drug by using a forged, fictitious, or altered prescription;
  • Obtain or attempt to obtain a dangerous drug by means of a fraudulent telephone call;
  • Possess a dangerous drug that was not prescribed to the individual possessing the drug;
  • Acquire a drug by theft, fraud or embezzlement which may be obtained by virtue of their employment; Withhold information from practitioners to obtain drugs in which other practitioners are not aware of prescribed medicines from other practitioners;
  • Distribute pharmaceutical drugs without being properly licensed;
  • Practice medicine, dentistry or other similar professional practice without being properly licensed.

Detective J. Almond 704-353-1048
Detective M. Grimsley  704-353-1053

Technical Surveillance Unit
The Technical Surveillance Unit (TSU) has expanded significantly the past few years. Detectives assigned to this unit are responsible for providing audio and video surveillance as well as building, maintaining and repairing a wide variety of electronic recording equipment that is used in the prosecution of cases.  The TSU is also responsible for keeping up to date on emerging technologies and their practical applications for law enforcement.  Although the TSU works behind the scenes, they are a vital support resource for many felony investigations from Homicides to Auto Theft.

K-9 Unit
The primary responsibility of the Narcotics K-9 is to assist in the search and recovery of narcotics.  This is done by providing drug detection support for the Narcotics Unit, patrol, Federal, State and local agencies. The Narcotics K-9 is trained to detect the odors of various drugs to include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana.  They are also used to locate narcotics and money that are a result of drug trafficking in a variety of field situations.  A K-9 can be valuable in narcotics detection and have been utilized in a variety of ways, such as detecting narcotics being transported at airports, through the mail, at bus terminals, other transportations facilities, screening vehicles suspected of containing hidden drugs and conducting drug searches in residences under police investigation. 

Officer Chris Newman 704-837-9105
Officer Alan Raby 704-499-1412
Officer Ginny Woodlief 704-621-0402

Community outreach
In 1999 the police department began partnering with several community agencies to address the needs of people who live an at-risk lifestyle.  A creative approach was developed to build a rapport with at-risk females in an effort to assist them with receiving the necessary substance abuse treatment.

These agencies along with the police department have been able to forge meaningful and lasting relationships that have proven beneficial to both individuals and the community thus enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens. 

The Mcleod Addictive Disease Center You are leaving the site.
Hope Haven You are leaving the site.
You are leaving the site.Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center You are leaving the site

Sergeant Shane Edmonds 704-336-8303
Detective Stephanie White 704-336-8303

Asset Forfeiture Unit
The Asset Forfeiture Unit is part of the Organized Crime and Intelligence Division.  The unit is made up of two (2) detectives and an investigative technician who are responsible for evaluating property seized by CMPD's officers to determine if these items are suitable for forfeiture. 

The members of this unit work with federal agencies and the N.C. Department of Revenue to seek the forfeiture of items used to facilitate a crime or the proceeds that are a part of being involved in criminal activity. The unit routinely seeks the seizure of vehicles and real property that are used in the commission of a crime as well as the money made by an individual(s) as a result of their participation in those crimes. These forfeiture actions are separate and apart from the criminal prosecution of a defendant.   

. 704-336-2260  .

Commonly asked questions

What happens to the money seized by police?
If the money seized by police was used to facilitate or represents proceeds of a crime, the CMPD can request the forfeiture of that money. If the money is awarded to the department, those funds can be used for training, equipment or other purposes deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police with City Council approval.   I was found "not guilty" in court. Can the government still forfeit my money?
Yes. The forfeiture action runs concurrent with and is separate from the criminal prosecution of a defendant's case.  

I received a letter from the N.C. Department of Revenue (NCDOR) stating that I owed money for a drug tax. Can the police department help me with that?
No. Only the NCDOR can answer questions about the drug tax. 

For more information go to the Unauthorized Substances Tax Information pageYou are leaving the site. on the NC Department of Revenue website.

Websites of interest

Partnership for a Drug Free America You are leaving the site.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency You are leaving the site.
U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics You are leaving the site.
National Institute of Drug Abuse You are leaving the site.
Office of National Drug Control Policy You are leaving the site.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime You are leaving the site.