The primary responsibility of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office is the prosecution of federal crimes in the District.
The crimes prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division cover a wide range of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, firearms violations, corporate and financial institution fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, healthcare fraud, computer fraud, public corruption, terrorism, child pornography, environmental crimes, civil rights violations, federal wildlife violations, and any of the more than 900 federal offenses that have been created by Congress.
Twenty-five attorneys are assigned to the Criminal Division. This includes two office supervisors and the Criminal Chief. Within the Division, three attorney's are assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) to handle major drug trafficking prosecutions. One attorney in the Division serves as the District’s anti-terrorism coordinator. The District’s asset forfeiture attorneys are also assigned to the Division.
Attorneys from the Division are active in the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, Project Safe Childhood (PSC), and Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Project. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide program designed to reduce firearm crimes and promote firearm safety. Project Safe Childhood is a Department of Justice initiative that aims to combat technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. The Appalachia HIDTA provides resources to state and local law enforcement agencies who participate with federal authorities in multi-jurisdictional task forces dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking organizations.
Ron L. Walker, Jr., Chief, Criminal Division, US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky