President’s Message


I am pleased to invite you to attend the 31st UNOA conference in Mesquite, Nevada at the Casablanca Hotel & Resort during the week of August 8, 2022.  This year, we endeavored to elevate the UNOA conference with a few extras. As President, I have worked hard to provide not only a pool of outstanding instructors, but also evening entertainment for participants to enjoy after a long day of classes.  I have personally met with many of this year’s instructors and secured their commitments shortly after last year’s conference concluded.   Some of these instructors are actively working in an undercover capacity, and others are some of the best in the country specializing in Federal prosecution.

These investigative and legal experts will walk you through how to plan your investigation, and how to prepare your cases and yourselves for court. As we are all forced to confront the growing plague of  Fentanyl in our communities and the resultant death toll continues to rise, this year’s conference will include a particularized focus on Fentanyl and the tools available to aggressively target its distribution.  To that end, I am proud to introduce the Honorable Trina A. Higgins, United States Attorney for the District of Utah, on the morning of the opening ceremony. She will explain her vision for Federal prosecutions of drug crimes and explain the resources her Office brings to bear in this crucial fight.

This year’s conference will also offer recurring and required instruction, such as the FIDO certification taught by Brian Holden with the Utah State Crime Lab. The FIDO certification class will be limited to (12-15) people and will be taught at the Cabana room by the pool on Thursday, August 11th @ 8:00 am.

As for entertainment, we will welcome former narcotics officer and comedian, Vinnie Montez, on the evening of Tuesday, August 9th.   And please join us for a cornhole tournament by the pool on Wednesday, August 10th, and Thursday, August 11th.

For the full class schedule, please visit our website at

We look forward to hosting you and hope to see you there.

Russ Billings
Russ Billings
UNOA President