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Criminal Division Strategic Objectives

Criminal Division Strategic Objectives

Protecting Safety, Security and Vulnerable Victims

Terrorism and Espionage

EDVA is a national leader in the prosecution of significant and historic terrorism and espionage cases, a top priority of EDVA and the Department of Justice.

United States v. Kevin Patrick Mallory: Mallory, a former CIA officer, was convicted of espionage charges related to his transmission of classified documents to an agent of the People’s Republic of China.

United States v. Nicholas Young: Young was the first police officer in the United States charged with a terrorism offense.  He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and obstruction of justice.

United States v. Ardit Ferizi: Ferizi was convicted of stealing personal identifying information of 1,300 U.S. military and government personnel and providing it to ISIS to “hit them hard.” He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Violent Crime and Project Safe Neighborhoods

One of our most significant priorities is to reduce violent crime and improve the safety of our neighborhoods.  We therefore direct law enforcement efforts at those most responsible for violence:  in Northern Virginia, our efforts focus on prosecuting MS-13 murders, in Richmond, we target offenders in the areas most afflicted by violence, and in Hampton Roads, we concentrate prosecution efforts on violence perpetuated by drug trafficking organizations and regional gangs.

Thug Relations: Two brothers were sentenced to life in prison—and a coconspirator to 40 years’ imprisonment—for their roles in “Thug Relations,” a local street gang in Tidewater whose members and associates engaged in multiple murders, shootings, and robberies. 

Nine Trey Gangsters: Three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for a racketeering conspiracy that included five murders, six attempted murders, and various drug trafficking, robbery, and firearms crimes across five cities in south Hampton Roads in 2015. 

MS-13 ProsecutionsIn 2018, a federal indictment charged 11 members and associates of MS-13 for the 2016 luring and murdering two juveniles in Fairfax County. In March 2018, a jury convicted six members of MS-13 for kidnapping, beating, and murdering an 18-year-old Leesburg, Virginia, resident because they believed he was a member of a rival gang, and for their role in an extortion conspiracy in Northern Virginia. In 2017, a federal indictment charged five members of MS-13 with the kidnap and murder of a 21-year-old at a park in Dumfries, Virginia because he allegedly falsely represented himself as a member of MS-13.

Narcotics and Opioids

Another top priority is ending the drug crisis through prevention, treatment, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to prosecute and convict suppliers of drugs—such as opioids and synthetic opioids—particularly when responsible for overdoses and deaths. 

United States v. Clarence Scranage, Jr.:   Scranage, a licensed medical doctor, dispensed 1,257 fraudulent prescriptions amounting to more than 223,000 30-mg Oxycodone pills.  He was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Operation Riptide: This operation  identified more than 30 individuals in Hampton Roads illegally selling firearms, heroin, and/or other narcotics.  It resulted in 17 federal convictions, more than 106 combined years in prison, and the recovery of more than 50 firearms, 170 grams of heroin, 65 grams of powder cocaine, 290 grams of crack cocaine, and a bullet proof vest.

Operation Tin Panda:  This operation in Northern Virginia resulted in the conviction of 36 individuals for narcotics and firearm offenses, the seizure of over 95 firearms, three pounds of cocaine base, ten pounds of cocaine, seven pounds of crystal methamphetamine, five pounds of heroin, four pounds of ecstasy, 227 pounds of marijuana, and 79 pounds of THC.

Securing the Border: Prosecuting those who commit crimes while illegally in the United States

EDVA is also committed to prioritizing criminal immigration enforcement by prosecuting and holding accountable those who enter this country illegally and commit further crimes.

United States v. Lopez Martinez, et al.:  Daniel Lopez-Martinez, Juan Tomas Nicolas, and Ernesto Solis, conspired to transport a 17-year-old girl from El Salvador.  Once the minor arrived to Texas, the men demanded more money from her father in Virginia.  The girl was rescued, however, and the defendants were convicted and sentenced for their role in this offense.

United States v. Victor Santos-Ochoa: Santos-Ochoa was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison after illegally entering the United States at least four times, multiple convictions, including 17 misdemeanor violations, such as assault of a child, and the use of 20 different aliases and five dates of birth.

United States v. Omar Villarreal Silva: Silva was convicted and sentenced to nearly two years in prison for illegally reentering the United States after committing multiple criminal and immigration offenses, including discharging a firearm, resisting police, fraudulent documentation, and multiple drunk driving offenses.

Elder Justice, Project Safe Childhood, and Human Trafficking

United States v. Raheem Oliver:  Olive was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy that defrauded elderly victims, including several Virginia residents, out of more than $640,000 from a magazine subscription renewal scam.

United States v. Tessicar Karelle Jumpp: Jumpp was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for orchestrating a lottery fraud that scammed elderly victims out of approximately $385,000 by pretending to be from the Publishers Clearing House and falsely asserting that victims had won a lottery prize.

United States v. Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez: Rodriguez Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison for producing images of child pornography depicting two minor females.

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