Our Organization

​​Vice and Narcotics Unit

The mission of the Vice and Narcotics Unit is to:
  1. conduct the complex investigations necessary to identify and eliminate the suppliers that control the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods; and
  2. assist the patrol divisions in developing and implementing strategies that address street level drug sales that can have a devastating impact on crime and quality of life at the neighborhood level.

The Vice section is responsible for collecting, recording, maintaining, and disseminating intelligence data on criminal enterprises within and affecting the City of Charlotte. The Vice section concentrates on illegal activities such as gambling, bookmaking, pornography, prostitution and human trafficking, and Vice detectives provide oversight, training, and support to all areas of the department regarding vice issues. They also maintain liaison with city, county, state, federal, and international agencies in order to conduct investigations into related crimes.

The Narcotics section is responsible for collecting, archiving and disseminating narcotics-related intelligence for successful investigations and prosecutions. The goal is to reduce all criminal activity by effectively investigating, combating and interdicting the importation of illegal drugs into Mecklenburg County, thus enhancing the quality of life for the citizens in our community. This is accomplished by developing informant networks, working undercover, conducting surveillance, processing criminal intelligence data, arresting drug dealers and buyers who engage in illegal drug transactions. Detectives work closely with other units within CMPD, especially the Gang and Firearm Enforcement Division, the Intelligence Unit as well as their counterparts on the state and federal level.

Vice and Narcotics detectives play a key role in assisting prosecuting attorneys who prepare successful narcotics cases for court.

Sgt. Brandon Williamson | Sgt. Chad Howard



Technical Surveillance Unit
    The Technical Surveillance Unit (TSU) has expanded significantly the past few years. Detectives assigned to this unit are responsible for providing audio and video surveillance as well as building, maintaining and repairing a wide variety of electronic recording equipment that is used in the prosecution of cases. The TSU is also responsible for keeping up to date on emerging technologies and their practical applications for law enforcement. Although the TSU works behind the scenes, they are a vital support resource for many felony investigations from Homicides to Auto Theft.

Narcotics K-9 Unit
    The primary responsibility of the Narcotics K-9 is to assist in the search and recovery of narcotics. This is done by providing drug detection support for the Narcotics Unit, patrol, Federal, State and local agencies. The Narcotics K-9 is trained to detect the odors of various drugs to include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana. They are also used to locate narcotics and money that are a result of drug trafficking in a variety of field situations. A K-9 can be valuable in narcotics detection and have been utilized in a variety of w​ays, such as detecting narcotics being transported at airports, through the mail, at bus terminals, other transportations facilities, screening vehicles suspected of containing hidden drugs and conducting drug searches in residences under police investigation.

    Officer Todd Hepner

Community Outreach/Sexually Oriented Businesses and Dance Halls
    In 1999 the police department began partnering with several community agencies to address the needs of people who live an at-risk lifestyle. A creative approach was developed to build a rapport with at-risk females in an effort to assist them with receiving the necessary substance abuse treatment.

    These agencies along with the police department have been able to forge meaningful and lasting relationships that have proven beneficial to both individuals and the community thus enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens.

    Quick Links:
    Detective Stephanie White704-336-3110​

Asset Forfeiture Unit
    The Asset Forfeiture Unit is made up of one (1) detective who are responsible for evaluating property seized by CMPD's officers to determine if these items are suitable for forfeiture.

    This unit works with federal agencies and the N.C. Department of Revenue to seek the forfeiture of items used to facilitate a crime or the proceeds that are a part of being involved in criminal activity. The unit routinely seeks the seizure of vehicles and real property that are used in the commission of a crime as well as the money made by an individual(s) as a result of their participation in those crimes. These forfeiture actions are separate and apart from the criminal prosecution of a defendant.