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July 1, 2013

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, noted the passing of Albert J. Winters, Jr., who served the Department of Justice for nearly 35 years in the New Orleans area.

After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1968, Winters became a member of the Louisiana Bar in the same year and maintained a general practice for a few years.  Winters joined the United States Attorney’s Office located in New Orleans in 1972 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  In 1983, Winters became the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section Strike Force Chief, a Department of Justice Section which worked closely with, but was separate from, the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.  In 1987, Winters returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he remained until he retired in April, 2006.

Winters’ service was highlighted by the various positions he held within the U.S. Attorney’s Office over the years.  Winters was Chief of Narcotics, Chief of the Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney on two occasions, and Senior Litigation Counsel in addition to his service as Strike Force Chief.  Winters also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami from 1986 through 1990 during which he participated in investigations and prosecutions of high level Colombian drug cases and contract murder cases involving the killing or attempts to kill federal witnesses.

Various prosecutions highlighted Winters’ career including the prosecution of Carlos Marcello and the sitting Louisiana Commissioner of Administration, Charles Roemer; the Gem Stone marijuana conspiracy case which resulted in 117 convictions including law enforcement officers and a State Judge and which resulted in approximately 25 million dollars in forfeiture and seizure of over one and a quarter million pounds of marijuana and the Len Davis case which resulted in 16 convictions of various individuals involved in cocaine trafficking and the protection of traffickers by police officers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana wishes to acknowledge the dedicated service of our friend and colleague and hopes to celebrate his life and service with all who served with him from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Cannery, 3803 Toulouse St. in New Orleans on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

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