Instructor Rios served his country for six years in the United States Navy. Rios began his law enforcement career working as a Patrolman in 2010 and attended a Street Cop Training criminal interdiction class shortly after. Instructor Rios went on to become a narcotics detective in 2014 with a Prosecutor’s Office. In 2018, Rios was awarded Detective of the Year for his agency. During his time as a Narcotics Detective, Instructor Rios has been assigned to several Federal Task Forces as a Case Agent and Undercover. He has conducted over 200 undercover operations for various local, state, and federal agencies. In 2020, Rios was named Undercover Officer of the Year by a state narcotics officers association. Instructor Rios has conducted dozens of high-level felony cases and has been the affiant on numerous TIII (Wiretap) investigations. In 2020 Instructor Rios was awarded a commendation for outstanding performance in a federal case involving major seizures of cocaine and heroin as a Case Agent.
Instructor Rios is currently an instructor at two police academies and he is an instructor for a state Undercover Narcotics Investigator Training (UNIT) course. Between being a Case Agent and Undercover, Instructor Rios has seized over 100 kilograms of narcotics. He is currently an active undercover officer for a federal task force regularly conducting multi kilo undercover deals in an effort to thwart those that wish to poison American Citizens for profit!