a) Describe briefly your strategic intelligence planning to conduct a mission to capture Reina del Pacifico

 Course Code

PAS 305 

Course Name

Intelligence Gathering and Effective Source Management: FALL 2022

Assessment Date

Assessment 1: Week 5: to be submitted

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Questions CLO1

Questions CLO2

Question 1 (25 Marks)

Question 3 (25 Marks)

Question 2 (25 Marks)

Question 4 (25 Marks)




Explain how intelligence functions can identify crime and disorder problems and  proactive problem-solving approaches necessary to reduce crime and community fear.


Analyze the intelligence processes and  models and crime analysis approaches used within law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally.

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Question 1 (LO1) (25 marks):

As a senior intelligence analyst in the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), you are asked to outline and explain the first 5 steps which make up the Intelligence Cycle to new recruiters with an example. 


a)      Direction. (5 marks).

b)      Collection. (5 marks).

c)      Processing. (5 marks).

d)      Analysis. (5 marks).

e)      Dissemination. (5 marks).

Question 2 (LO1) (25 marks):

As an undercover agent, you were observing the actions, habits, and criminal methods of an international drug boss known as Sandra Ávila Beltrán, aka Reina del Pacifico ( tr. "The Pacific Queen”). Interpol requires you to provide an intelligence report in order to increase the chances of apprehending Interpol`s target (Reina del Pacifico).


Wanted for the following alleged federal violations

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance; Attempt/Conspiracy-Controlled Substance-Import/Export with Intent to Distribute








1.66 mts


59 kgs

Hair Color


Eye Color


Year of Birth


Last Known Address

 Sonora, Mexico.





Warning: Considered Armed and Dangerous

The following is the target’s available information:

Ávila Beltrán was born in Baja California, Mexico, the daughter of María Luisa Beltrán Félix and Alfonso Ávila Quintero, a family member of Rafael Caro Quintero, a former leader of the Guadalajara Cartel. Family connections have played a major role in her criminal career, having kinship with the Beltrán-Leyva Brothers, then top heads of the Sinaloa cartel "federation." Ávila Beltrán was in fact a "third-generation" drug trafficker in her family. Officials in Mexico say Ávila Beltrán is the niece of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the godfather and the boss of bosses of the Mexican drug trade who is now serving a 40-year sentence for his alleged involvement in the 1984 murder of Enrique Camarena, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent. Her great uncle Juan José Quintero Payán was extradited to the United States on drug trafficking charges. On her mother`s side, the Beltráns got involved in heroin smuggling in the 1970s and later diversified into cocaine. DEA officials state that Ávila Beltrán never shrank from employing the violence that comes with the turf and that "she used the typical intimidation tactics of Mexican organizations."

She reportedly had affairs with several well-known drug barons in her youth. She was married twice; both of her husbands were ex-police commanders who became drug traffickers[10] and both were later killed by hired assassins. The police attribute her rise to power in the drug world primarily to her most recent relationship with Juan Diego Espinoza Ramírez, alias The Tiger, who is said to be an important figure in the Colombian Norte del Valle Cartel. Ávila Beltrán was last seen in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Hermosillo, Sonora. Reina del Pacifico’s behaviour and traits: The target is outspoken, loud and enjoys being the centre of everyone’s attention. She has undergone several cosmetic surgeries that proves difficult to have a detailed appearance.


a)      Describe briefly your strategic intelligence planning to conduct a mission to capture Reina del Pacifico. (15 marks)?

b)      How would you outline your operational intelligence plan to capture Reina del Pacifico? (10 marks)?

 Question 3 (LO2) (25 marks):

How would you apply every one of the four steps of the S.A.R.A. approach to help Interpol to capture Reina del Pacifico in the case study mentioned above in Question 2?

Discuss the following four steps of S.A.R.A. according to the information provided:

a)         Scanning. (5 marks)

b)         Analysis. (10 marks).

c)         Response. (5 marks).

d)         Assessment. (5 marks).

Question 4 (LO2) (25 marks):

On-line fraud is an increasing raising problem in the world.

Discuss the following steps of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Lifecycle taking into account on-line fraud as a case study.

a)         Requirements. (5 marks).

b)         Collection. (5 marks).

c)         Processing. (5 marks).

d)         Analysis. (5 marks).

e)         Feedback. (5 marks).

End of assessment questions


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