NPEPC welcomes Guest Speaker:
Asa C. Morse, Supervisory Special Agent, US Drug Enforcement Administration
The Opioid Epidemic – From China to the South Shore
US Drug Enforcement Administration - Resident Agent in Charge Asa Morse will discuss the history of the opioid epidemic, its ties to international poly-drug distribution organizations and it’s local impact. Asa will discuss the explosion of opioid use and abuse across the country, and provide an overview of an investigation into the overdose death of young woman on the south shore. The investigation began with a distraught grieving mother walking into the Cape Cod Office of the DEA and ended with the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of 6 defendants being charged with the teen’s death. Asa has spent 20 years in law enforcement including time spent working undercover, investigating and raiding methamphetamine labs, working inner city gangs and most recently oversaw the Task Force responsible for seizing over 71 Kilograms of Fentanyl in a 6 week period in October 2018. As part of that investigation, 5 kilograms of fentanyl were seized, and reported by Time Magazine as enough fentanyl to “kill half the State of Massachusetts”.
About our speaker...
Since 2005 Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Morse has served as an instructor for the New England Field Division Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team instructing and presenting at the annual recertification training for certified Federal, State and Local Clandestine Laboratory Team members. Since 2005 SA Morse has also served as a primary Clandestine Laboratory and Methamphetamine Awareness Instructor for the DEA’S New England Field Division instructing and presenting to members of the following organizations, as well as countless local law enforcement and fire agencies across New England:
US Drug Enforcement Administration NH National Guard
Federal Bureau of Investigations MA National Guard
Massachusetts State Police CT National Guard
Connecticut State Police National Association of Arson Investigators
New Hampshire State Police Massachusetts Assoc. of HAZMAT Technicians
Maine State Police Boston Police Department - Drug Control Unit
Rhode Island State Police Massachusetts Fire Academy
US Department of Probation N.E. Narcotics Enforcement Officers Assoc.
Young Marines Young Presidents Association
SSA Morse has presented and taught at numerous High Schools across New England, on topics ranging from the dangers of drug use and abuse to basic law enforcement investigation techniques.
SSA Morse is an instructor for the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA), contributing to their Technical Installations in a High Voltage Environment training.
SSA Morse has testified in numerous criminal proceedings at the District Court, Superior Court and US District Court level. SSA Morse has testified in regards to his own investigations, as well as being called as an expert in Drug Use, Methamphetamine Manufacturing and Law Enforcement Technical Operations.