George E. B. Holding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - November 19, 2007
10th Annual Organized Crime Drug Enforcement
Task Force Conference
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding has announced the conclusion of the 10th Annual Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Conference. Nearly 500 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers attended the event, which was held last week at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This three-day training conference, organized by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and its Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, is an annual effort to train and educate federal, state, and local law enforcement officers from across North Carolina who focus on the area of drug investigations. These officers meet annually to learn the latest techniques utilized by drug traffickers, receive instruction concerning successful drug investigations and prosecutions from across the nation, and discuss ethical and professional responsibility issues which arise in their investigations. This year the conference focused on the area of ethics in law enforcement.
Among the guest speakers was Justice Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Edmunds, who spoke during the conference’s annual banquet and awards ceremony, praised the officers for their dedication to the public and to the work of interrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations. Reflecting upon his tenure as both an Assistant United States Attorney and as a United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Justice Edmunds encouraged these officers to rededicate themselves to the aggressive and ethical enforcement of the nation’s drug laws.
The conference is annually sponsored by the North Carolina National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force (MANTA), the North Carolina Narcotic Enforcement Officers’ Association, the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, the North Carolina Justice Academy, the Governor’s Crime Commission, and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC).
United States Attorney George E. B. Holding stated, “Each year we have seen greater participation in the conference. As we look to the future, our goal is two-pronged: to foster greater working relations with all law enforcement agencies across the state and to educate these law enforcement agencies to better enable them to fight the war on drugs.”
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