Juan Toranzo retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) after twenty years of service, with the rank of Detective 2nd Grade. Mr. Toranzo spent the last 12 years of his career assigned to the elite New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF), a unit comprised of NYPD Detectives, New York State Police Investigators, and Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The collaborative efforts of the three agencies utilized an integrated approach to the dismantling of numerous violent narcotics trafficking organizations. This was a new and effective strategy towards attacking violent crime and the organizations responsible. Today, this concept serves as a mainstay for the criminal intelligence program across New York City.

At the NYPD, Mr. Toranzo was considered an expert in the field of wiretap investigations, the identification and analysis of cellular telephone records, calling card records, and the deciphering of cryptic communications intercepted via wiretap. He is well known for his expertise in identifying and dismantling cell-based organizations such as the Medellin and Cali Cartels as well as violent narcotics trafficking organizations based in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. While assigned to the NYDETF, Mr. Toranzo and his colleagues were credited with two of the largest drug seizures in New York City history; the seizure of 1,850 kilograms of cocaine in 1997, and the seizure of 1,940 kilograms of cocaine in 2002. Mr. Toranzo also seized US Currency in excess of $15,000,000. Due to his experience in eavesdropping and investigations involving criminal organizations, subsequent to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, the New York State Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office requested Mr. Toranzo’s input in the effort to amend New York’s existing wiretap legislation to improve the counter-terrorism efforts in the state.

Most recently Mr. Toranzo, a Project Manager for CRA Inc., along with his team, developed a highly successful workshop tailored for law enforcement investigators and analysts. The basic and advanced versions lead them through a “real life” scenario where the students actively participate in identifying and dismantling a terrorist cell utilizing investigative techniques which include the exploitation of telecommunications, criminal financing, and the internet. Both of these Workshops have been critically acclaimed by law enforcement at the state, local and federal levels, and have proven invaluable to the participant’s ability to more effectively combat violent criminal organizations within their jurisdictions.

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