The New Narco-Traffickers

  • When:December 11, 2019
  • Where:Miami, FL
  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Miami
    400 SE Second Ave
    Miami, FL 33131

In the seamy netherworld of illicit narcotics networks, the flash and cash of Scarface and Miami Vice are being rivaled by the rise of the Dark Web and virtual currencies, dramatically altering how illegal drugs are trafficked — and producing new typologies for laundering the criminal proceeds. ACAMS’ full-day seminar The New Narco-Traffickers offers AML professionals authoritative analysis of how this new ilk of criminal enterprises works as well practical strategies for detecting and disrupting their financial flows and mitigating your institutional risks.

*This seminar has been cancelled. If you are interested in the New Narcos Trafficking topic, ACAMS is hosting a similar seminar in Dallas on January 24.


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Anatomy of the Crisis: Mapping the Opiate and Opioid Epidemic
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 AM – 12:10 PM How Changing Structures of Drug Trafficking Networks Affect AML
12:10 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:30 PM – 2:50 PM A Perfect Storm: The Dark Web, Cryptocurrency and Laundering Drug Money
2:50 PM – 3:10 PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:10 PM – 4:40 PM Operation Darkness Falls: Taking Down a Dark Web Fentanyl Market
4:40 PM – 5:00 PM Key Takeaways, Q&A and Closing Remarks

*Program subject to change.


Gregg Fields
  • Gregg Fields, CAMS

  • Senior Copywriter


Mr. Fields was a research fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School before joining ACAMS. His work focused on systemic causes of the 2008 financial crisis. He spent most of his career as a financial journalist at The Miami Herald, where he covered money laundering and white-collar crime and was a member of the staff that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Mr. Fields has also taught financial journalism at graduate schools in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Damian Mazzaferro
  • Damian Mazzaferro

  • Special Agent
  • Homeland Security Investigations


Damian Mazzaferro is a Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent assigned to the El Dorado Task Force in New York City. Special Agent Mazzaferro began his career in 2007 and has since conducted investigations into the world’s most notorious drug cartels, drug kingpins, and money launderers. Over the course of 12 years, Special Agent Mazzaferro has led large-scale undercover financial operations targeting the illicit proceeds generated from drug sales in the U.S. and connecting them to the leaders of prolific cartels in Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela. These investigations have led to dozens of charges and arrests of individuals occupying high political positions within foreign governments and vicious drug lords who have caused devastation in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Special Agent Mazzaferro, alongside a multiagency team of agents and federal prosecutors, represented Homeland Security Investigations in the trial against the Sinaloa Cartel’s infamous leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera.

Gina Parlovecchio
  • Gina Parlovecchio

  • Chief of International Narcotics and Money Laundering
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York


Gina Parlovecchio is an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and currently serves as the Chief of the office’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. Prior to becoming the Chief of INMLS, Gina served as the INMLS Deputy Chief and Co-Chief of the Anti-Money Laundering Strike Force. Gina has tried numerous criminal trials to verdict, including serving as lead trial counsel in the EDNY’s recent prosecution of one of the world’s largest drug kingpins, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Gina is a recipient of the 2014 National Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Award for Outstanding Investigation for her work on Operation What’s Up Doc, which resulted in the prosecution of over 50 members of an international drug trafficking and money laundering organization. She is also the recipient of the True American Hero Award and the Office of Inspector General Special Assistance Award. Prior to becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Gina worked as a litigation associate at a large national law firm. She is a 2002 graduate of Cornell Law School and was an editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Michael Schidlow
  • Michael S. Schidlow, CAMS-Audit

  • Financial Crimes Compliance Expert

Michael Schidlow currently serves as the Head of Financial Crime Risk Training for HSBC Bank’s Global Internal Audit Function. In this role, Schidlow designs and delivers bespoke training courses on anti-money laundering (AML), terrorist financing, anti-bribery/corruption (ABC), and anti-financial crime best practices across the company’s global footprint. Schidlow also leads the function’s Emerging Risk Advisory for North America, Latin America, and for the Global Financial Crime Risk teams. He consults on audit planning and audit scoping based on regulatory issues, enforcement actions, and external environment monitoring.

Schidlow previously served as an investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, complex fraud, and insider abuse allegations. Schidlow started his career working as an attorney concentrating on regulatory compliance and white collar litigation matters. Schidlow holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), ACAMS Advanced Certification in AML Audit (CAMS-Audit), and is a licensed attorney.


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