Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa to discuss efforts to combat drug trafficking and end the opioid crisis. Following a roundtable meeting with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Chapa Lopez and her staff briefed the Attorney General on the specific steps the MDFL is taking to tackle the opioid epidemic in our district.
After meeting with employees, Attorney General Sessions delivered a speech to law enforcement. He thanked the officers for their service and reiterated that they are part of the solution, “Together we can stop the flow of drugs, bring down crime and give every American peace of mind.”
During his speech, AG Sessions highlighted the recent announcement that the MDFL collected more than $700 million in civil and criminal actions in the last fiscal year – the largest aggregate recovery amount for the taxpayer in this district’s history. He also praised the success of “Operation Hot Batch” and recognized the MDFL as one of 12 districts nationwide to receive funding for a dedicated prosecutor to handle opioid-related health care fraud.
At the conclusion of his speech, Attorney General Sessions added, “I want to close by reiterating my deep appreciation and profound thanks to all the women and men of law enforcement—federal, state and local—and their families, for sacrificing so much and putting your lives on the line every day so that the rest of us may enjoy the safety and security you provide.”