Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Program

The Virginia Guard Counterdrug Program places Army and Air Guardsmen in communities throughout the Commonwealth conducting Drug Demand Reduction classes for schools and civic organizations and supporting law enforcement agencies with criminal analysts and aviation support. We are a supporting effort at the local, state, and federal levels working both supply and demand sides of the drug crisis. We are collaborative members of the Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Governor’s Initiative Against Narcotics Trafficking (GIANT), and the Attorney General’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program.

Our Aviation Section utilizes light observation helicopters to provide optical and infra-red reconnaissance, body wire signal retransmission, and video downlink support to local, state, or federal drug investigations. We typically fly between 400 and 500 hours annually at no cost to the requesting agency. Our Counterdrug aviation section supports the “Green Harvest” marijuana eradication program annually.

Our criminal analyst provide a military approach to analytical and technical case support ranging from traditional link analysis to cutting edge open source exploitation. Through the use of cell phone forensics we are able to assist our Law Enforcement partners to further their investigations. Last year, we provided support to the Virginia State Police, the Commonwealth’s Fusion Center, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the I-95 corridor High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), as well as multiple state, local, and Federal task forces. Last year, our criminal analyst and aviation sections supported over 1,100 arrests and the seizure of over $821,300,000 of narcotics, currency, and weapons.

The program injects $3 million dollars annually into the Commonwealth’s economy funding full-time positions as well as providing multiple short-term employment opportunities for traditional guardsmen to support specific events.

The diversity of successful programs in the Virginia National Guard’s Counterdrug Program demonstrates the professionalism, flexibility, and community involvement that are the hallmarks of our Commonwealth’s Guardsmen.
If you are a law enforcement agency or community substance abuse prevention organization and you would like to request support from the Counterdrug Program, please contact us at
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