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U.S. Attorney Hires Prosecutor For Alexandria Narcotics Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2010

(Alexandria, Va) - Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Michael Ben’Ary to be an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the narcotics unit for the Alexandria Division.

            “We’re thrilled to have someone with Mike’s experience join our Alexandria narcotics unit,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Drug crimes are devastating to a community, something Mike knows well as a former assistant commonwealth attorney in Fairfax. He’ll be a tremendous asset to our efforts to take drug traffickers off our streets in Northern Virginia.”

            Drug prosecutions account for nearly one-fourth of the total cases brought in the Eastern District of Virginia, cases which recently included takedowns of a deadly heroin trafficking ring in Centreville, Va., and a major cocaine trafficking organization in Springfield, Va., along with an ongoing operation targeting illegal distribution of pain pills. 

            Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ben’Ary devoted the past four years prosecuting numerous complex fraud cases as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. From 2002 to 2006, Ben’Ary was an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Fairfax County, where he tried more than 40 felony cases involving narcotics, homicides, fraud and gangs. In 2000, he had a judicial externship with United States District Court Judge Norma L. Shapiro from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ben’Ary received his juris doctorate from Villanova Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College.

 

 

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