Speakers to Discuss 'American Cartel' Documentary

Mar 24, 2021

A retired law enforcement officer and a producer for the streaming series will speak to students on April 1.

  • - Ret. Lt. Adam Bercovici

  • - 'American Cartel' producer Dan Johnstone

 A retired law enforcement officer and a producer of the new documentary series “American Cartel” will speak to the Cal U community at 11 a.m. April 1 via Zoom

The series explores the murder of a Burbank, Calif., police officer and the assistance provided by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to apprehend and prosecute members of a major drug cartel. 

Ret. Lt. Adam Bercovici, who was involved in the manhunt for Officer Matthew Pavelka’s killer and the drug task force, and Dan Johnstone will speak about their experiences. 

“This event is especially relevant for students studying Spanish, Spanish for law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic linguistics and global studies,” said Dr. Andrea Cencich, assistant professor of Spanish at Cal U. 

“Our students will hear about the process of the criminal investigation, the different cultural aspects of the cartel, the forensic linguistics aspect of the case, and how the investigation worked with international connections.” 

 “American Cartel” begins streaming on Discovery+ on March 30. 

The April 1 event is sponsored by the Cal U Spanish and international studies programs, the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences, and the departments of Humanities and Criminal Justice and Psychology.