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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

August 1, 2017
Press Release
Inland Empire Man Arrested for Alleged Scheme to Smuggle Export-Controlled Rifle Scopes and Tactical Equipment to Syria

May 25, 2017
Press Release
Idaho Man Serving Sentence in Terrorism Case Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges Stemming from Attack on Federal Prison Warden

May 23, 2017
Press Release
Pomona Woman Arrested on Federal Charges that Allege Scheme to Smuggle Restricted Space Communications Technology to China

May 22, 2017
Press Release
Defense Contractor Employee Pleads Guilty to Selling Satellite Secrets to Undercover Agent Posing as Russian Spy

February 14, 2017
Press Release
Enrique Marquez Jr. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Plotting Violent Attacks and Buying Firearms for Shooter in San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

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 August 3, 2017