The Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) was formed in 1993, recognizing the need for a cooperative effort in the investigation and enforcement of drug laws. Their mission is to target all drug traffickers in and around the Washington County area. WIN is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force which has a cooperative partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
The WIN team is led by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and consists of members from the Beaverton and Hillsboro Police Departments, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the National Guard Counter-Drug Program. The multi-agency approach brings in local law enforcement officers from each designated area and combines their local investigative capacities with federal personnel who investigate connections to local and international drug trafficking organizations (DTO). Partnerships with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon further support investigations as a means to dismantle and disrupt DTOs in the region.
WIN focuses on mid-to upper-level drug trafficking organizations operating in Washington County and the surrounding metropolitan areas, while supporting street-level investigative operations. WIN team members help train and mentor local law enforcement officers for street-level narcotics investigations.
International and regional DTOs affiliated with transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are the primary drug trafficking threats in Washington County. These DTOs primarily transport methamphetamine, heroin and counterfeit pills into the region. Much of the methamphetamine, heroin and counterfeit pills remain in the Portland metropolitan area for distribution within the local communities. The region is also used as a transshipment point for these illicit drugs which are destined to Washington and Idaho among other areas along the northwest.
Although methamphetamine remains to have a significant impact on our community, a rapidly growing threat priority is the enormous increased availability of counterfeit pills. A vast majority of seized counterfeit pills have been found to contain fentanyl. The increased use of fentanyl and the continued use of other dangerous narcotics has become a larger public health issue as seen by the rise in overdose cases. The WIN team aggressively investigates drug related overdoses, which have continued to rise in recent years. WIN is also a participating member of the Washington County Overdose Response Team, which focuses on public health issues related to drug use.
Report Drug Crime
Your suspicions or information may be important and helpful to law enforcement. To report suspicious activity involving illegal narcotics, please provide as much detailed information as possible on the Suspected Drug House or Drug Activity Form.