SIGNS OF NARCOTICS ACTIVITY IN HOTELS/MOTELS
Guests who engage in the following activities may or may not be involved in narcotic activity. It is
recommended that you take no action other than to observe and report information to your local law
enforcement agency. They will evaluate the information and take the appropriate enforcement action.
1. Guests visiting from other cities such as Miami,
Orlando, New York, San Diego, etc. These cities
are ports of entry for drugs.
2. Guests visiting from countries such as Columbia,
El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, etc., which are
countries where illicit drugs are produced.
3. Guests checking in a room alone or with one other
person. They usually do not care about room
rates. When paying, they will usually display large
amounts of cash.
4. Guests staying up to 1-1/2 weeks, having little or
no luggage upon check in. Later, they may
purchase luggage, clothing, souvenirs, etc.
5. Guests checking in without reservations and
extending their stay on a day-by-day basis, or
checking out prematurely.
6. Guests may be evasive about the length of their
stay, using fictitious names and identification upon
7. Several persons checking into different rooms,
different floors, and later joining each other in one
room. Excessive calls between rooms.
8. Shortly after check in, guests begins making
phone calls from lobby phone.
1. Guests displaying large amount of U.S. currency
and paying cash for their lodging, meals and
2. Guests frequently having late visitors, usually but
not always of similar appearance. Visitors will
frequently rent a room and maintain phone
communications with the original guest.
3. Guests having numerous incoming and outgoing
telephone calls, including calls to Florida (305),
Columbia, New York (212 and 718), etc.
4. Guests exhibiting unusual behavior such as
staying in their room and not going out, even for
5. Guests refusing maid service or using the “Do Not
Disturb” sign extensively.
6. Foot traffic