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Matt Downey

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
Lieutenant – SLED Narcotics
Columbia, South Carolina
Matt Downey began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff in Kershaw County,  South Carolina in 2003 after graduating from Clemson University.   Matt is now a narcotics investigator, and K9 handler with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in his sixteenth year in law enforcement.  In 2011, Downey received his first and current narcotics detection K9, Nadia. In 2012 he began working on the SLED Parcel Interdiction Unit. Prior to this assignment, Downey worked complex narcotics investigations throughout South Carolina for three years. He is currently a Lieutenant in the SLED Narcotics Unit and a Task Force Officer for the United States Department of Homeland Security.
 
Downey has received over 500 hours of narcotic related training to include identification and recognition of narcotics and paraphernalia, as well as training in regards to packaging, transportation, and trafficking of narcotics in vehicles and parcels. In addition, he has received training in domestic and international trafficking trends. He has attended certification training hosted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in highway and transportation interdiction.
 
Downey has been a K9 handler in the SLED Narcotics Unit for eight years and has completed over 700 hours of specialized training. Downey and K9 Nadia have been working as a team for eight years and have been assigned exclusively to the parcel interdiction team since the unit began in 2012. Together, they have helped seize over one ton of illegal narcotics and hundreds of thousands of narcotics proceeds being transported by various commercial parcel couriers.