It is the primary mission of the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP) to target, investigate, and prosecute individuals who organize, direct, finance, or otherwise engage in high-level (major) illicit drug trafficking enterprises or money laundering operations. A high priority is placed on those subjects who are engaged in the importation of illegal drugs into or through the County of Orange, California and the interdiction of such illicit trafficking pipelines.
The Criminal Investigations Division Captain is the Program Manager of RNSP. The enforcement support dedicated to this Program is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from 9 local and federal law enforcement agencies. The oversight for RNSP is performed by an Executive Board that is chaired by Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters. Other members include Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Chief Bob McDonnell (Newport Beach Police Department); Chief Pat McKinley (Fullerton Police Department); Chief Jim Spreine (Laguna Beach Police Department); Chief Scott Jordan (Tustin Police Department), Chief Michael J. Messina (Brea Police Department), Special Agent in Charge Randy Bryant (State of California/Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement); and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Herb Brown (F.B.I./Santa Ana).
RNSP began its operation on December 15, 1986. Since then the investigators, deputies, officers, and agents assigned to the Program have conducted thousands of investigations resulting in the arrest of over 1,300 narcotic violators and the seizure of the following:
$193 Million in U.S. Currency
85,542.2 Pounds of Cocaine (38,884.18 Kilos)
280 Pounds of Heroin (1,944,960 Injections)
123,761 Pounds of Marijuana (110,889,856 Million Cigarettes)
16,706 Pounds of Methamphetamine (7,593.64 Kilos)
232 Gallons of Methamphetamine Oil (464 Pounds of Meth.)
15,170 Pounds Pseudo Ephedrine
24 Meth. Labs
4,200 Ecstasy Pills
12 Ounces of GHB
Approximately $4.5 Million in Seized Vehicles/Property