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HARMFUL TRENDS AMONG MONTANA YOUTH

Chris McClure, Commander, Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

& Stacy Zinn, Resident Agent in Charge, Montana Drug Enforcement Administration

 

Agent Chris McClure is currently the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Commander. He was a 33‐year veteran of the Virginia State Police (VSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation and retired in 2021. During his years with the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation, he investigated cold case homicides, unattended deaths, officer involved shootings, rapes, child abuse, child sexual assaults, and other major crimes. In his early years, he was commander of the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, supervising the Narcotics, Drug Diversion and Gang Task Force sections of the VSP Northern Virginia Field Office. During his career with the Virginia State Police he provided training to law enforcement, provided public awareness presentations, and was the state contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTips, during which time he was the Virginia State Police ICAC Task Force Commander. In addition to his investigative experience, Agent McClure was responsible for developing policies, training curriculum, and instructing new ICAC investigators. He also developed and instructed at the Virginia State Police Academy courses in Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, Intellectual Property Rights Investigations among other topics. Agent McClure has also worked with multiple federal, state, and local agencies during his career.

 

Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) Stacy Zinn has a Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University. Prior to DEA, RAC Zinn was a bodyguard for approximately eight years. She started her DEA career in February 2001 and was first assigned to El Paso where she developed investigations against the Mexican Cartels and conducted multiple undercover operations for the FBI. In 2005, she transferred to Quantico, Virginia where she was assigned to the Foreign Deployed Advisory and Support Team (FAST) Team that supported the DEA drug efforts in Afghanistan.  She and her team deployed to AF on four separate tours and conducted multiple drug operations against narco-trafficking organizations.  Afterwards, RAC Zinn transferred to Lima, Peru and worked with the Peruvian Counter Narcotics Police and oversaw the inception of their interception program.  While in country, she received a promotion to Group Supervisor and transferred to Billings, Montana and oversaw the Tactical Diversion Squad responsible for investigations located in eastern Montana.  In November 2018, she was the first female promoted to be the RAC of Montana and oversees the three DEA offices located in Billings, Missoula and Great Falls.

In this presentation RAC Zinn and Agent McClure give us a healthy dose of reality regarding the harmful trends among our youth, teaching us essential things we need to be aware of as we try to protect our kids from rising rates of drug and internet crimes. 

Here are some resources that were shared during the presentation:

Best Parental Control Apps

Rules 'N Tools Checklist

Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force website

NetSmartz - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's (NCMEC) online safety education program

CyberTipline - Report to NCMEC when a child is being sexually exploited online.drug use among

 

To report drug use among Montana youth, please contact Stacy at 406-317-3725 or Stacy.D.Zinn-Brittain@dea.gov.

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Disclaimer: The Parent Empowerment Speaker Series is provided by End Exploitation Montana as a public service thanks in part to its generous sponsors. The views expressed by the presenters are not necessarily endorsed or recommended by End Exploitation Montana or its affiliates.