The Strategic Investigations Bureau directs enforcement
efforts toward criminal drug organizations in the Tampa Bay area. Several
organizations have been disbanded and/or disrupted. Additionally, members from the Narcotics Unit work with various
agencies including the DEA, FBI, and US Customs.
These detectives track the flow of illegal drugs from other countries into
the United States and finally Tampa. They conduct long-term investigations that target every level of
from major traffickers to mid-level distributors and street level dealers.
Narcotic detectives work
closely with federal investigators from the DEA, FBI and Immigration Customs
unit has also successfully prosecuted countless cases through a federal program
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.
Narcotics detectives seized $9,534,425.00 in illegal drugs in
The Gang Suppression Unit
is responsible for conducting investigations of gang related crime and the
collection of intelligence information pertaining to gangs. Their
responsibility includes both criminal street gangs and outlaw motorcycle
gangs. The Tampa Police Department Gang Suppression Unit is an active member
of various partnerships targeting gangs such as United States
Neighborhoods and the
Attorney General's Gang Reduction Task Force. The unit made 159 arrests
and 7 covert operations in 2008.
The Firearms Investigative
Unit works closely with the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency (ATF)
and is responsible for issues regarding firearms, which include verifying
information on all firearms acquired by TPD, submitting information to the
ATF National Trace Center, and identifying and submitting firearms to FDLE
that qualify for the National Integrated Ballistic Identification Network. ATF considers Tampa the country's leader in gun tracing and firearms
investigation based on the success rate and innovative program in place. The
unit recovered 51 firearms, destroyed 999 firearms and ran 593 Federal Gun
Traces in 2008.
The Narcotics Unit is responsible for the enforcement those
applicable laws pertaining to narcotics and dangerous drugs, the latent
investigations of organized crime groups and criminal enterprises engaged in
narcotics trafficking. The Unit also gathers and disseminates pertinent
information concerning narcotics to divisions within the Tampa Police Department
and other agencies. In 2010, the TPD Narcotics Unit seized 142.7 pounds of
cocaine, 1.3 pounds of heroin, 1,950 pounds of marijuana, 14,258 Ecstasy
pills, and 2.3 pounds of methamphetamine.