Metro VNI Section
The Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence (Metro VNI) Division is a multi-agency task force involving law enforcement partnerships between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Teller County Sheriff’s Office, Fountain Police Department and the Woodland Park Police Department. Metro VNI is comprised of Street Impact Teams, an Intelligence Team and Liquor Enforcement Unit.
The Street Impact Teams are designed to investigate the illegal sale, possession, distribution and manufacturing of illegally controlled substances within the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller counties. Additionally, these teams are responsible for investigating vice related crimes and activities. They conduct undercover vice investigations occurring at massage parlors, escort services and other areas frequented by prostitutes which affect the quality of life in our community. The street teams’ duties also includes liquor enforcement, where members investigate all violations of the state liquor laws and codes, as well as conduct compliance audits of all of the licensed liquor establishments located within El Paso County.
Street Impact Teams also investigate crimes involving the fraud and deceit of prescription medications. This includes any means to procure the administration of a controlled substance by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation, to include the forgery or altercation of an order, script, or by the use of a false name or address. El Paso and Teller Counties are experiencing prescription fraud abuse involving fraudulent prescriptions, doctor shoppers, and theft from individuals, as well as pharmacy burglaries. Doctor shopping is visiting many doctors to acquire large amounts of controlled substances, which require a doctor’s prescription to obtain. Metro VNI has been proactive in its approach to this ever increasing crime by partnering with DEA Diversion Investigators, doctors and pharmacies through our Pharmacy Alert Program. This program alerts and educates pharmacies, doctors and other businesses on how to protect themselves from prescription fraud and identifies individuals active in this practice.
There has been a significant increase in the distribution and abuse of heroin in the community. Highly addictive and dangerous heroin use is also increasing among high school aged juveniles. Prescription drug abuse, especially among teenagers, is usually the “gateway” to heroin abuse. The majority of medications being obtained by teens are coming from their own homes. It is important for parents to keep track of all their medications and keep them secure.
The alarming trend of abusing the drug known as “Spice” has been increasing in our community. This illegal drug is highly addictive and potentially deadly, and is also easily overdosed. Abuse of Spice has been responsible for numerous emergency room visits, at least one person wound up in a coma and one death has been attributed to the abuse of this drug. Street Impact Teams have been aggressively pursuing distributors of this highly dangerous drug.
The Intelligence Unit is committed to developing, analyzing, enhancing and disseminating criminal intelligence to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with emphasis on Homeland Security crimes.
To report the presence of a meth lab or other suspected narcotics or vice related crimes or activities, please contact Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence at (719) 444-7766, the Narcotics Hotline at (719) 444-3111, or CRIMESTOPPERS at (719) 634-STOP.