Joint Narcotics Investigation Team

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The Joint Drug Investigation Groups (GER) are special forces of the Customs Investigation Service and the state police in the Federal Republic of Germany to fight serious and organized international drug crime .

The joint investigative activities of customs investigators and police officers are intended to bundle the various powers and resources for an effective fight against drug-related crime.


The first GER was founded in Hamburg in 1970. In the meantime, the GER exists nationwide in Germany. However, they are not structured on a nationwide basis, but are based on the respective local conditions of their locations.

Areas of responsibility and equipment

At GER, the observation and monitoring of suspects in the field of drug crime is part of everyday work. In addition to the standard police equipment and armament, there is also a park of all kinds of vehicles. These include inconspicuous old vehicles and new vehicles of various brands and classes. These are all equipped with concealed radio (hands-free microphones, wireless earphones, hidden loudspeakers, two-way radios built into the false floor in the trunk or under the back seat) and can therefore also be used to meet informants with target persons without arousing suspicion, it is a company vehicle. The devices for operating a camouflaged special signaling system with a magnetic rotating beacon are also available. Variable license plates from the home region are permanently available; license plates from the target region can also be requested for more extensive, plannable operations. The actual official registration number is usually not attached to the vehicles; even for maintenance purposes, local civil registration numbers are used.

The officers' special technical equipment includes hand-held radios that can be used in camouflage (including wireless earphones), direction finding devices are also available for attachment to vehicles under observation, as well as eavesdropping transmitters in order to be able to acoustically monitor ("wire") people or vehicles. Both officials are consciously available who are always able to move around the scene inconspicuously through their hairstyle and clothing, as well as people who know how to perform in a business environment.

In addition to the documentation facilities for interrogations and operational documentation, the agency also has the telecommunications monitoring devices (TKÜ) ready and ensures that any current results from the TKÜ are promptly transmitted to the officers in the field. Most of the time, the offices are housed inconspicuously, with no external characteristics of their function. Access is strictly sealed off, similar to normal police stations, and vehicles are usually parked so that they cannot be seen by outsiders. There is also a clerk's office and staff, tests for common drugs can be carried out, and the means to preserve and collect evidence are available.

The unit's primary area of ​​operation is the home area, but locations that extend across Germany are not an obstacle and are carried out on a regular basis, as the mobility of organized drug crime means that it is not always possible to foresee where an operation is going.


  • Paul Wamers: Joint investigation groups drug of customs and police in the Federal Republic of Germany , in: Der Kriminalist 24. Jg., 1992, H. 12, S. 542-544

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