The Westside Interagency Narcotics ("WIN") Team is an interagency task force comprised of personnel from the police departments of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon National Guard Counter-Drug Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The WIN Team was formed in 1993, recognizing the need for a cooperative effort in the investigation and enforcement of drug laws. Our mission is to target all drug traffickers in and around the Washington County area. WIN works closely with other narcotics task forces in the area, as well as various federal agencies charged with the responsibility of enforcing drug laws.
During the year 2009, the WIN team worked 121 cases, executed 125 search warrants, and made 130 arrests. As a result of their investigations, $5.1 million worth of illegal narcotics were seized.
Aside from the WIN Team's enforcement mission, WIN members provide continuing training in the areas of clandestine drug laboratory activity and recognition, basic drug identification, and the symptoms of its use. A portion of this training is provided to members of other law enforcement agencies within Washington County and to community organizations.
WIN Team detectives also focus on the countywide Drug Endangered Child Protocol which helps them to identify and properly assist children who are found in drug houses. These can range from "flop houses" where drug addicts come and go, to sites where meth is being manufactured, to marijuana grows where children can be exposed to pesticides and second-hand marijuana smoke. All of these children are evaluated for their safety and the Department of Human Services is notified.
Methamphetamine has become the most aggressively harmful drug in our community. Washington County citizens are affected physically, economically, and environmentally. The WIN team also investigates several other illicit drug trafficking networks that are involved in the distribution of cocaine, heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.
The Portland metropolitan area continues to be an active region for Drug Trafficking Organizations for several reasons. One is that Portland is the primary drug consumption area in the state; second, it is the premier distribution hub and national transshipment point for the state. These Drug Trafficking Organizations clearly spill over into suburbs such as Beaverton and cannot be ignored.
The WIN team intends to continue to cultivate partnerships with other task forces, federal agencies, members of public, and private entities to seek out and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. The team will endeavor to enhance its technology and knowledge base to keep up with the everchanging landscape of the clandestine drug marketplace.