Threat Level 5

Contraband Search Tool Kits



Lanny M. Bergeron 

Personal   Arrests and Seizures

  • 133 Criminal Arrests
  • 55,683 pounds of Marijuana
  • 432 Narcotic Arrests all felony trafficking arrest
  • 851 pounds of Cocaine
  • 63 pounds of Methamphetamine
  • 10.54 pounds of Heroin
  • Over $1,500,000.00 in US Currency
  • 134,800 dosage units of assorted pills
  • 41 stolen vehicles
  • Over 50 commercial motor vehicle drug/currency seizures
  • Total street value of all items seized: $132,363,276.00, not including the millions in revenue other departments have seized from these arrests and seizures.

Threat Level 5 is a company formed, owned, and operated by a full time veteran Law Enforcement Officer, with 28 years of experience in the field of Criminal Interdiction. Lanny has won many local, state, and national awards over the years.  Lanny was the 2001 National Criminal Interdiction Officer of the Year.

In June of 1989, Lanny's law enforcement career began by going to work for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department.  Lanny was a deputy assigned to the patrol division, where he excelled in street level drug interdiction. His street level narcotics arrests were the highest among his peers during this assignment. Due to his outstanding performance in street level drug arrest and seizures he was transferred to the Bureau of Investigative Division where he fine-tuned his skills as a detective. During his assignment in Detectives, Lanny refined his interviewing skills which resulted in an increase of case resolutions.

Four years later, Lanny was hired by a professional and accredited State Police agency. Upon the successful completion of the State Police Academy he was assigned to the State Police Patrol Division where he once again excelled in his patrol duties. True to his gifts of strong self-motivation and solid work ethics, he quickly established himself as a leader among his peers and supervisors alike, making numerous criminal arrests. With one year on the job as a road Trooper, Lanny was asked to serve on the State Police Criminal Patrols Team.

Lanny has successfully completed over 1,500 hours of training, specifically in the field of criminal interdiction. He has attended over 30 different schools relating solely to interdiction, which entails an interview/interrogation specific program accompanied by a course in survival Spanish.

In the course of Lanny's career as a Criminal Patrol and Interdiction Officer, he has been involved in multiple Federal and State narcotic related trials where he has testified as an Expert Witness. Some of his testimonies in these cases have found their way to be published in the States Court of Appeals.

Due to Lanny's above average performance as an Interdiction Officer with the State Police, he was asked to become an Associate Staff Instructor with the United States Department of Transportation/Drug Interdiction Assistance Program and also the Drug Enforcement Agency/El Paso Intelligence Center. It was during this time where Lanny instructed over 6,000 Law Enforcement Officers, both nationally and internationally, in the field of Criminal Interdiction. Lanny has served as an instructor for the United States Department of Transportation/DIAP in the field of Trucks and Terrorism for several years.

Lanny is unquestionably considered an expert in the field of Criminal Patrols and Commercial Motor Vehicle Interdiction. In 2001, he designed the first presentation regarding decoy/follow vehicles, which was later introduced at the DIAP Conference in Missouri. Lanny designed an easy to understand presentation that allows officers too effortlessly dissect commercial motor vehicle documents.

Lanny is considered an expert in locating traps (compartments) or natural voids used to smuggle illegal contraband. During these years of experience Lanny has tested and used numerous tools to assist in helping to search and dismantle vehicles/commercial motor vehicles on the roadside during a traffic stop. Lanny noticed departments were spending thousands of dollars on high tech equipment.  This equipment had benefits but was not always conducive to all levels of searches.  This equipment used during a roadside search normally broke within a year or two. Just to replace a battery would cost you hundreds of dollars.  Vendors would promise you the world but if the equipment broke the vendor would say its user misuse.  How many times have you heard that excuse?  This would cause departments extra expenses in repairing or replacing broken equipment. Another issue Lanny noticed was departments normally would by tools needed for interdiction once a year.  After a few years of being issued so many tools in so many cases, your trunk was filled to capacity causing most officers leaving vital equipment at home.