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Special Enforcement Team Sergeant

Local Address:  Albuquerque , New Mexico , United States
San Juan County Sheriff's Office

Employment History

  • Patrol Sergeant
    San Juan County Sheriff's Office
  • Detective
    San Juan County Sheriff's Office
  • Supervisor
    Northwest Drug Task Force

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Northwest Drug Task Force
54 Total References
Web References
The Daily Internet: The Daily Inter Lake Newspaper, Kalispell, Montana [cached]
Kevin Burns, director of the Northwest Drug Task Force, said the investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Whitefish Pilot, 3 Feb 2003 [cached]
According to Kevin Burns, Northwest Drug Task Force supervisor, 95 percent of cases involve meth."It's more prevalent and they get more of a high, a longer high," he said.When a drug user runs out of money and they crave a hit, society is often the target.Dial directly links drug use to many other crimes in the Whitefish area, specifically burglaries and thefts.Domestic assaults are also related to drug use."Statistics show thefts and burglaries are higher.It starts with stealing CDs or a pair of Serengeti sunglasses that are worth something and then they sell them," Dial said."The DOJ, the FBI and the DEA also have information that suggests that the sale of drugs supports terrorists."
Burns said a national program, the Byrne grant, almost entirely funds the task force.The grant works in conjunction with another grant, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant, to fight drug abuse in Flathead County. "Our involvement is with Whitefish and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office.The county pays for supplies, phone, a pager, office space and a car plus $9,600 a year.There are currently 11 officers on the Drug Task Force," he said.The task force proved their commitment to combat substance abuse in the county Tuesday morning when they arrested two Kalispell people, a 44 year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, in a Shady Lane residence on meth-related charges, including operation of an unlawful clandestine lab, possession of dangerous drugs and endangering a child.A 4-year-old boy was at the home at the time of the arrest and was turned over to his mother, who was at work.
Sheriff Proud to Announce Nine Promotions | SJCSO Aztec New Mexico, 26 May 2011 [cached]
Sergeants Shane Ferrari, Cory Tanner and Daniel Webb were all promoted to Lieutenant, Deputies Kyle Lincoln, Scott Facka and Danny Clugston were promoted to Sergeant while Deputies Candice Montoya, Kevin Burns and Garrett Morris were promoted to the rank of Detective.
Detective Kevin Burns started his career with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in 2007. He spent three years as a Patrol Deputy. He most recent had been working as a member of the Special Enforcement Team.
The Independent Online - News, 2 Sept 2005 [cached]
According to Flathead County Sheriff's Detective Kevin Burns, director of the Kalispell-based Northwest Drug Task Force, there has been a steady increase in prescription drug-related crimes over the last 10 years in his jurisdiction, which encompasses Flathead, Lake and Lincoln counties, and the Salish-Kootenai reservation.To combat crime and abuse, in May 2004 the task force added a full-time officer to work prescription drug crimes.That officer handled about 60 prescription-related cases last year, Burns says, up about 75 percent from 10 years ago and 30 percent from five years ago.
"It's amazing how much of a prescription you can get by doctor shopping," says detective Burns.That, he says, is one of the reasons prescription drug abuse has increased in recent years.
Brand, Cummins and detectives Burns and Parrish all agree that a monitoring program would help curb abuse of addictive drugs in Montana.
Snow Forums - Smuggling BC "Bud" on snowmobiles....., 13 April 2002 [cached]
According to Kevin Burns, B.C. bud packs a wallop of about 30 percent THC, the chemical that causes the high marijuana users experience.That compares with about 5 percent THC in most locally grown pot, Burns said.
Burns is supervisor of the Northwest Drug Task Force, which teamed with the U.S. Border Patrol in the bust.
More charges against all four men are expected, Burns said, and other arrests are likely as the investigation continues.
While investigators attempt to build a drug distribution case against all four Canadians arrested Monday, the accused remain jailed in Great Falls, where the U.S. Customs Service has a field office.
According to Burns, Border Patrol agents received a tip that smugglers were crossing the border on what is known locally as the North Fork Road.The road, which winds along the North Fork of the Flathead River, runs parallel with and just outside the western border of Glacier.
The border crossing at the northern end of the road was closed in 1996, when floods all but destroyed the road on the Canadian side.North of the border, the road remains abandoned and snowed in much of the year, although the U.S. side is plowed to the international boundary.
According to Burns, the suspected smugglers are thought to have approached the border on snowmobiles from the north, swapping the snow machines for a car waiting on the U.S. side of the line.
Boyko and Goodlad admitted to entering the country illegally, Burns said, and were charged accordingly.
During the traffic stop of Theroux and his two companions, Burns said, authorities caught sight of a sport utility vehicle coming south on the rutted and muddy road.
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