Mr. Staples is a Security Consultant with MedCanna providing expertise in the security of medical Cannabis facilities including the creation of guidelines and policies to prevent the unlawful diversion of legitimately produced medical cannabis products. He holds a Top Secret Clearance. Mr. Staples assisted the District of Columbia with the establishment of its Medical Marijuana Program.
Mr. Staples has over forty-three (43) years of law enforcement and security experience and has conducted numerous investigations involving domestic and international drug trafficking, including the diversion of legitimately manufactured controlled substances from the marketplace for which they were intended to the illicit drug marketplace.
During the tenure with the District of Columbia Department of Health, Mr. Staples reviewed all applications for participation in the Program to insure compliance with the statute and the guidelines required by that legislation. Each application was reviewed to insure that all applicants and employees of those facilities met the rigorous requirements of the District’s law.
For over 13 years Mr. Staples was with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Diversion Group Supervisor with responsibility for the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Northern West Virginia, and Southern Maryland areas.
Previous to the DEA, Mr. Staples was with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for 14 years. He served as Detective in Narcotic Enforcement and was promoted to Sergeant, Internal Affairs and Homicide Branch.
Over his long career, Mr. Staples has testified before Grand Juries and during criminal trials in District of Columbia Superior Court, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Prince Georges County Circuit Court, United States District Court for the District of Maryland and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He has lectured and conducted presentations on Drug Diversion Investigations, Drug Trafficking Investigations and Death Investigations before Metropolitan Area University Classes, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, District of Columbia DOH Nurses’ Seminars. Also ectured/trained newly hired DEA Diversion Investigators, DEA Training Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
Mr. Staples is frequently a Guest Speaker at local law enforcement seminars including the Virginia Criminal Intelligence Center Violent Crime Seminar presented by the Virginia State Police. Also conducted presentations at local schools, universities and Health Professional seminars regarding drug trafficking which included pharmaceutical diversion