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Criminal Division

Terrorism and National Security

The fight against terrorism is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is dedicated to combating and defeating terrorism. We work with our partners in law enforcement, intelligence, the military, and diplomatic circles to investigate, prosecute, disrupt and prevent terrorism. The Terrorism & National Security Unit includes prosecutors and an intelligence specialist.

Fraud and Corruption
The Fraud & Corruption Unit focuses on the types of complex fraud, corruption, and financial crimes that the federal government is uniquely qualified to handle.

Computer Crimes & Child Exploitation
The Computer Crimes and Child Exploitation Unit prosecutes a broad range of computer-related crimes, from cases involving the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography to computer intrusions, copyright and trademark violations, theft of trade secrets, economic espionage, and Internet fraud.

The work of the Narcotics Unit focuses on the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act,which sets out federal criminal offenses involving unlawful importation, possession and distribution of controlled substances, and rules concerning civil and criminal forfeiture of contraband, facilities used to further unlawful drug trafficking, and the proceeds of unlawful drug trafficking. The unit also handles drug-related crimes such as homicides, guns and gang activities.

Violent Crime Strike Force
The Violent Crime Strike Force Unit will consolidate violent crime, firearms crimes, gang-related crime, and organized crime cases.

Asset Forfeiture Unit
The Asset Forfeiture Unit is responsible for the prosecution of criminal and civil forfeiture cases. In addition to litigating civil forfeiture cases, the section provides support to Criminal Division AUSAs (Assistant United States Attorneys) on all criminal forfeiture issues. Forfeiture AUSAs work with most of the federal law enforcement agencies, assisting their criminal investigations by identifying assets subject to forfeiture and developing evidence for seizure and forfeiture.