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Terrorism and Export Crimes Section

Section Overview

The Terrorism and Export Crimes Section works closely with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other members of the Central District’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces to investigate suspected terrorists, prevent terrorist crimes, and bring criminal charges when warranted.  The section also oversees the Central District’s Export and Anti-Proliferation Global Law Enforcement (“EAGLE”) Task Force.  Formed in January 2008, the EAGLE Task Force is an initiative designed to leverage the capabilities of more than a dozen law enforcement agencies, as part of their critical mission to investigate and disrupt illegal arms trafficking and the unlawful proliferation of sensitive United States technologies.  AUSAs in the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section primarily handle investigations and prosecutions involving counterterrorism, counter proliferation, export control, national security cyber threats, counter-espionage matters, mishandling of classified material, cases involving weapons of mass destruction, threats and hoaxes, as well as other criminal offenses.

Section Leadership

Christopher D. Grigg

Chris Grigg is the Chief of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section (TEC), within the National Security Division. Mr. Grigg graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1997. While his classmates were preparing for the bar, Chris joined the military, where he was the distinguished honor graduate for his class at the United States Army’s Ranger School and served as a team leader in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. Chris then returned to civilian life and began his legal career in civil litigation before joining the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. He joined our Office in November 2007 and joined the National Security Section (the predecessor to the TEC Section) in May 2008.

Since joining the National Security team, Chris has worked on some of the Office’s biggest National Security cases, including the “MEK” case in Santa Ana, the investigation and resulting prosecutions arising out of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, and the trial and appeal in a counter proliferation case involving thermal imaging cameras and the People’s Republic of China, United States v. Guo, the first International Emergency Economic Powers Act trial in the District’s history. More recently, Chris was a member of the trial team that secured convictions and 25-year sentences for the lead defendants in United States v. Kabir, et al., in Riverside, the first material support trial in the District’s history. For their work on that case, Chris and his trial partners were named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year in March 2016.

From 2010 to 2015, AUSA Grigg served as a co-coordinator of the Office’s Export and Anti-proliferation Global Law Enforcement (“EAGLE”) Task Force. He was Deputy Chief in NSS between 2013 and 2015.  He received a Director of National Intelligence Award in 2009. In 2015, Chris was awarded the Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize by the Anti-Defamation League for his work on the Kabir case.

Recent Cases

December 20, 2018
Press Release
Walnut Man Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Federal Prison for Scheme to Smuggle Rifle Scopes and Tactical Equipment to Syria

November 16, 2018
Press Release
Arms Trafficker Found Guilty of Conspiring to Supply and Use Anti-Aircraft Missiles after Pleading Guilty to other Arms Offenses

November 1, 2018
Press Release
Federal Grand Jury Indicts Four Members of White Supremacy Group on Charges Stemming from Attacks at Political Rallies

October 24, 2018
Press Release
Four Local Members of White Supremacy Group Face Federal Charges in Attacks at Political Rallies across California

August 22, 2018
Press Release
Dana Point Man Charged with Scheme to Send Export-Controlled Computer Servers to Iran

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Attn: National Security Division
312 North Spring Street, 15th floor
Los Angeles, California 90012


Individuals who wish to report activity that they believe may be related to terrorism should call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

Updated December 20, 2018

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