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Mark Giuffre


Senior Director

Areas of Expertise


With 30 years of experience as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, Mark Giuffre is a globally recognized expert in narcotics investigations, interdiction, border security, transnational crime groups and synthetic opioids. He has developed and provided training programs and instruction to federal, state, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement officials. Mark also has contributed to the curriculum and instructed training courses for the state of Illinois District Court Judges. In addition, he is trained, experienced and certified in financial, fraud and asset forfeiture investigations.

Mark retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Chicago Office where he was responsible for narcotics investigations, money laundering investigations, intelligence and enforcement in five Midwestern states. In that role, he oversaw and directed more than 90 criminal investigators and support personnel. He also served as a liaison with U.S. attorneys, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as local regulatory elements and local and foreign law enforcement agencies.

In addition, Mark served as a Resident Agent in Charge and provided regulatory oversight and supervision of the inspection and investigation of businesses that import, export, manufacture, distribute or dispense controlled substances and listed chemicals, such as pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, physicians, veterinarians and treatment facilities. This ensured the businesses’ compliance with regulatory requirements related to drug and facility security, record keeping and accountability. Mark instituted procedures designed to monitor regulatory compliance by registrants. He also developed and implemented policies and procedures designed to identify diversion trends and develop appropriate targets and investigative strategies.

During his DEA career, Mark managed complex global criminal investigations targeting the world’s largest illicit drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. In addition, he directed operations in coordination with other nations and U.S. law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He led the collaborative operations that resulted in prosecution of 70 top lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and a court-ordered $1.8 billion forfeiture.

Mark was stationed at the American Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand for seven years, with travel and assignments to 37 other nations. He has a deep understanding of Asian organized crime through his coordination of investigative efforts in Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysia. In the U.S., he managed global undercover money laundering investigations that detected and monitored global financial flows of illicit proceeds in order to develop evidence for prosecutions. While serving as an Inspector with the Office Professional Responsibility in Washington, D.C., he was responsible not only for conducting investigations of misconduct by employees of the organization as a result of anonymous reporting of allegations but also for protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.

Mark holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He is certified in Executive Leadership through the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Through the Diplomatic Language Service (DLS), he is certified in Thai Language. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International and a Certified Instructor through the U.S. DEA at the Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Education / Certifications
  • Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist, Assoc. of Cert. Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Certified Protection Professional, ASIS International
  • Certified Instructor, U.S. DEA, Quantico
  • Certified in Thai Language, Diplomatic Language Service (DLS)

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