Investigator Moreno is a seasoned veteran of the Laredo police force, having started his career there in 1992. During that time he was assigned to an FBI task force that dealt with some narcotics cases, and is the newcomer to the Narcotics Unit, having only joined in 2008. Moreno’s main focus is getting to kids early to kill narcotics habits before they start.
How long have you been a cop with LPD?
Since approximately 1992.
What divisions have you been assigned to?
I was assigned to the FBI task force which had some narcotics investigations involved.
How long have you been assigned to the Narcotics & Vice Unit?
I’ve been assigned to Narcotics since 2008.
What’s your favorite thing about being in the Narcotics Unit?
Being able to make a difference in the community by taking drug dealers down before they can get to kids and get them started on it. If I keep the drugs away from kids’ lives, then that’s why I do what I do.
Does being a Narcotics Officer on the border make you more apprehensive about the job?
You have always got to be aware of the danger out there. But that goes for any police officer just doing something as routine as a patrol stop. That can be just as dangerous. That is why you have to be more vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times and see to it that you protect yourself.
Is there any case from the past that was the most memorable?
I’ve had the opportunity to work on several cases, but the one I’m proudest of is a case I worked against a dangerous prison gang. Since the gang was involved in a lot of the violence that was occurring in Laredo several years ago at that time and they were distributing large, vast amounts of narcotics, I had the opportunity to work that case, and we were successful in making several arrests, and several large seizures of cocaine, weapons and money. I was very proud of that.