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Dark Net Investigation Training

  • City of Meridian Public Training Center 223 East Watertower Lane Meridian, ID, 83642 United States (map)


This free training is sponsored by the HIDTA National Emerging Threats Initiative and Oregon-Idaho HIDTA. The training will provide the basics of investigating overdose deaths, the laws implicated when serious bodily injury or death results from the use of narcotics, cryptocurrencies and their exploitation, and an introduction to how the dark net is used in drug trafficking.


Students will be introduced to Opioid overdose investigations, crypto currency, Dark Web, case reviews, and money laundering.



Special Agent Guy Gino - Homeland Security Investigations. Special Agent (SA) Guy Gino is currently assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Portland, Oregon. He has been a federal law enforcement officer since 1996, when he became a Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Texas. SA Gino has been assigned to the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Interdiction Task Force since 2008, conducting investigations related to narcotics smuggling/trafficking and money laundering/illicit finance. He is recognized as a subject matter expert for investigations related to use of the Dark Net to distribute narcotics, such as Fentanyl, and tracing their illicit digital currency proceeds. SA Gino consistently shares his knowledge by providing training to domestic and international law enforcement partners, including the International Law Enforcement Academy, Europol, Australian Federal Police, U.K. National Crime Agency, Police Services of Northern Ireland, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Minnesota Narcotics Association, Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association and the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center. He was also selected by HSI to provide an overview of the Dark Net and use of digital currencies as they relate to opioid investigations at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in October 2016. SA Gino is recognized as one of the subject matter experts for the exploitation of virtual currency through traditional financial institutions and initiated one of the first investigations related to the illicit use and money laundering of Bitcoin.

Officer Chris Verbout - Portland Police Bureau. Officer Chris Verbout is currently assigned to the Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force. He has been a police officer since 2004. After working patrol for seven and a half years, Officer Verbout was selected to join the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD). While assigned to DVD, Officer Verbout worked as a narcotics investigator targeting upper echelon narcotics dealers in the Portland/Metro area. Officer Verbout was selected as an investigator with the HIDTA Interdiction Task Force (HIT) in 2016. At HIT, Officer Verbout conducts investigations of the importation and exportation of narcotics as well as money laundering schemes across the United States. During his tenure, officer Verbout has participated in over 100 overdose death investigations, to include traditional overdose investigations and in recent years several high profile investigations stemming from the Dark Net. Officer Verbout consistently shares his knowledge by providing training to domestic law enforcement partners regarding overdose death investigations, as well as investigative techniques on how to tackle the Dark Net and its exploitation of cryptocurrencies.


This course is free and open to all law enforcement investigators, supervisors, managers and state and federal prosecuting attorneys. Attendance is limited to 60 students. Attendees will be responsible for associated travel, lodging, and meal expenses.

Registration for this course is coordinated through the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Training Initiative.

To register, complete and submit a HIDTA Training Request Form.