The Criminal Division
The District of South Carolina’s Criminal Division is divided into two sections, General Crimes and Narcotics/Violent Crimes. The General Crimes Section focuses on complex fraud and financial crimes that the federal government is uniquely qualified to handle. Cases include mortgage fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, copyright and trademark violations, theft of trade secrets, identity theft, illegal reentry, environmental crimes and many others. The General Crimes Section also prosecutes computer and child exploitation crimes including those involving the sexual exploitation of children and internet child pornography, computer intrusions, and internet fraud.
The Narcotics/Violent Crimes Section focuses on prosecuting violations of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which sets out federal criminal offenses involving unlawful importation, possession, distribution, and manufacture of controlled substances. The Act also has rules concerning civil and criminal forfeiture of contraband, facilities used to further unlawful drug trafficking and the proceeds of unlawful drug trafficking. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) prosecutors in this section focus on major drug traffickers whose organizations span District and international borders. The Narcotics/Violent Crimes Section also handles gang-related crimes that have a nexus to narcotics trafficking. Additionally, the section prosecutes other violent crimes such as bank robbery and crimes involving illegally possessed firearms.
Other priority cases for the District include international and domestic terrorism, human trafficking, public corruption, and civil rights. Senior AUSAs lead the prosecution of these cases, assisted by AUSAs from both the General Crimes and Narcotics/Violent Crimes Sections.