Career Offender/Methamphetamine Production Initiative
As a means of helping address the methamphetamine problem in Oregon, the U.S. Attorney's Office, in conjunction with federal law enforcement partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Marshal's Service, have joined forces with the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Office (HIDTA), Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon District Attorney's Association, Oregon State Police, and others to propose a new federal initiative entitled the Career Offender/Methamphetamine Production Initiative. The purpose of this program is to target for federal prosecution persons who qualify as "career offenders" under federal law and who are engaged in the production of methamphetamine. Career Offender sentences are seldom less than 151 months in federal prison absent extenuating circumstances or cooperation with law enforcement. In order to implement this program, we are asking that each county "nominate" subjects who are believed to warrant federal prosecution. A person is a "Career Offender" under federal law if they have at least two prior felony adult convictions within the past 10 years for either a "crime of violence," or a controlled substance offense (such as manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to distribute, or conspiracy to commit those offenses; mere possession does not qualify), or one of each such convictions.