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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

U.S. Attorney's Office To Hire Three Federal Prosecutors Following Newly-Allocated Positions Announced By The Justice Department

Two AUSAs Will Focus on Violent Crime Prosecutions & One Will Be Assigned to the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United States Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced today that the Western District of North Carolina will hire three Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), following an announcement by the Justice Department regarding newly-allocated AUSA positions.  Two AUSAs will focus on violent crime prosecutions, and one will join the Office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) unit, with a special focus on civil opioid enforcement. 

“Reducing violent crime and tackling the opioid abuse epidemic are priority areas for my Office and the Justice Department,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “The addition of three federal prosecutors will further our mission to seek justice and to keep the citizens of Western North Carolina as safe as collectively possible.”

In the largest increase in decades, the Department of Justice is allocating 311 new Assistant United States Attorneys to assist in priority areas. Those allocations are as follows: 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors, and 35 additional immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement AUSAs will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

“Under President Trump’s strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis—and today we are sending in reinforcements,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is ‘the coin of the realm.’  When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades.”

Updated June 5, 2018