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Drug and Violent Crime


The U.S. Attorney has assigned many prosecutors throughout the district in all divisions to handle cases involving drug, gang, firearm and other violent crime related offenses.

Organized Crime Strike Force/Gang Unit

In the Boston division, the Organized Crime Strike Force/Gang Unit, known as the Strike Force Unit, investigates and prosecutes crimes of extortion, loan sharking, racketeering, etc., committed by organized crime groups in Massachusetts. Cases involve traditional organized crime families (e.g., the Mafia), Asian gangs, Russian organized crime groups, and other nontraditional organized crime groups. The Strike Force Unit has also traditionally handled most labor racketeering matters.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)

Multiple Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Boston division investigate and prosecute drug and drug-related offenses for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Regional Coordinator is responsible for coordinating efforts with the OCDETF Units in the U.S. Attorney's Offices in the five other New England states. Also housed in the Boston office are OCDETF Coordinators from DEA, FBI, IRS, INS, ATF, Customs and the U.S. Marshals Service.


The District of Massachusetts has implemented several DOJ initiatives aimed at crime reduction and prevention. In addition to those initiatives, the Office has been involved in local initiatives.

City of Boston National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program

Partnerships Advancing Communities Together (PACT)

Updated December 1, 2016