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Task Forces

Many of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s major cases are the result of a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement. These group initiatives, called task forces, are designed to target a particular criminal activity, and often in a particular geographical area. Combining the resources, intelligence and talents of multiple law enforcement agencies to focus on a particular problem is an effective way to combat crime.

Task Forces:


Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC)

United States Attorney's Office
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-644-3500

Point of Contact: AUSA Soo C. Song

The role of virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency changed on September 11, 2001. The fight against terrorism became law enforcement's first and overriding priority.  Each United States Attorney's Office established an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) to serve as a conduit for information sharing about suspected terrorists among law enforcement at all levels.  The Western Pennsylvania ATAC meets regularly to share intelligence and information, and to discuss relevant projects.

Western Pennsylvania's ATAC includes representatives from the United States Attorney's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Coast Guard, U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, United States Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, United States Postal Service, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Social Security Administration, United States Transportation Security Administration, Federal Air Marshal Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Homeland Security Department, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency, Allegheny County Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Offices and numerous local police departments.


Crimes Against Children Task Force

United States Attorney's Office
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-644-3500

Point of Contact: AUSA Heidi M. Grogan

The Crimes Against Children Task Force Task Force (“CACTF”) was formed in 1999 and combines the resources of federal, state and local law enforcement, victim’s services and medical professionals to more effectively prosecute crimes of sexual exploitation of children and to ensure that the unique needs of child victims are met.  Since the CACTF was formed, the number and complexity of successful prosecutions involving the sexual exploitation of children has greatly increased. Representatives on the CACTF include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, HSI, USPIS, United States Marshals’ Service,  Allegheny County Police, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, PA Office of the Attorney General, Children’s Hospital, A Child’s Place at Mercy, Juvenile Probation for Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Kid’s Voice and other state and local agencies. Bi-monthly meetings are hosted at the Allegheny County Police Headquarters.


FBI Opioid Task Force

Federal Bureau of Investigation
3311 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-432-4000

Point of Contact: Supervisory Special Agent Shawn Brokos

The FBI Opioid Task Force includes law enforcement from the FBI, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office (PAAG), West Mifflin PD, Pittsburgh Port Authority, Munhall PD, and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office. This Task Force has extensively used confidential informants, controlled buys and search warrants to arrest and convict large distributors of fentanyl and heroin, and to build cases against perpetrators whose distributions resulted in death or serious bodily injury to users.


DarkNet Initiative (“J-CODE”)

United States Attorney's Office
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-644-3500

Point of Contact: AUSA Tod Eberle

The Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team is a new initiative announced by Attorney General Sessions in Pittsburgh in early 2018 that is aimed at targeting drug trafficking, especially fentanyl and other opioids, on the DarkNet.  This team brings together the expertise, professionalism and determination of agents, analysts, and professional staff with expertise in drugs, gangs, health care fraud, and more, to focus on disrupting the online illicit opioid sales and dismantling criminal enterprises that facilitate this trafficking.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the DarkNet Initiative consists of members of the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the DEA, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and state and local partners. The National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA), which is based in Pittsburgh, also has a prominent role in combating the fentanyl distribution channels through the Dark Web. 


Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit (OFADU)

United States Attorney's Office
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-644-3500

Point of Contact: AUSA Robert S. Cessar

In August 2017, Attorney General Sessions created a new data analytics program, the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, to focus specifically on investigating opioid-related health care fraud.  The same day, he assigned a dozen prosecutors to “hot spot” districts—where opioid addiction is especially prevalent—to focus solely on investigating and prosecuting opioid-related health care fraud.  Western Pennsylvania was designated as one of those districts.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Western PA OFADU consists of members of the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS),  Health and Human Services –OIG, DEA, IRS-CI, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Department of Veterans Affairs – OIG, Food and Drug Administration – OCI, and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Licensing.  Since its creation, the Western Pennsylvania OFADU has been one of the national leaders in attacking opioid diversion by medical professionals.  The Unit filed the first indictment against a doctor in the nation, and has, as of July 2018, filed charges against 16 doctors and three health care professionals.  Further, a total of ten DEA Registrations, which allow doctors to prescribe controlled substances, and seven doctors’ licenses to prescribe Medication Assisted Treatment have been surrendered; and five medical licenses have been suspended by the Pennsylvania Department of State.


Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force

Federal Bureau of Investigation
3311 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-432-4000

Point of Contact: Supervisory Special Agent Frank Lukez

The Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force was established in 1992 as part of a national effort to address violent street gangs and drug-related violence. It is comprised of more than 1,500 local, state and federal investigators throughout the country that work to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises. The local task force allows the FBI to assist partner agencies by sharing resources, manpower and gang intelligence and information. This also allows for federal prosecution of gangs and their membership, which achieves more severe sentences and penalties for the entire gang.
One of the key facets of a Safe Streets Task Force is the Enterprise Theory of Investigation (ETI). Combining short term, street level enforcement activity with such sophisticated techniques as consensual monitoring, financial analysis, and Title III wire intercepts investigations using ETI aim to root out and prosecute the entire gang, from the street level thugs and dealers up through the crew leaders and ultimately the gang’s command structure. For the past 14 years, the ETI has proven time and again how effective federal racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms investigations can be, whether it is providing the incentive for witnesses to cooperate or imprisoning the gang’s leaders for decades.


Pittsburgh Financial and Electronic Crimes Task Force

United States Secret Service
Two Chatham Center – Suite 1610
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-281-7825

Point of Contact: Asst. Special Agent in Charge Christopher Stoddard

The Pittsburgh Financial and Electronic Crimes Task Force (PFECTF) brings together federal, state and local law enforcement assets in an effort to address economic and electronic crimes affecting the Western District of Pennsylvania. These law enforcement partners work together to build cases from the ground up, combining multiple local connected cases for presentation to the appropriate court for prosecution. The task force continually refocuses its attention on issues impacting our local communities, such as credit card fraud, bank account takeovers, business email compromise, and skimming. The PFECTF works as a communication hub allowing law enforcement partners to work more efficiently and effectively to share information on combatting financial and cybercrimes.


Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force

United States Marshals Service
Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force
700 Grant Street, Suite 2360
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Point of Contact: Call 412-422-GRAB(4722) or 412-644-6628
U.S. Marshals Service - Western District of Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency, collaborative law enforcement effort sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service that specializes in locating and apprehending violent felony fugitives in the 25 counties of Western Pennsylvania wanted on warrants with underlying charges of firearms, narcotics and crimes of violence.

The following agencies participate on the task force: U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Erie County Sheriff's Office, Venango County Sheriff’s Office, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, Erie County Detective’s Bureau, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.


Western Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Task Force

Federal Bureau of Investigation
3311 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-432-4000

Point of Contact: Supervisory Special Agent Joel Compeggie

The Western Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Task Force is a proactive measure to address the increasing trends our area is currently seeing when it comes to bank robberies, kidnapping, murder for hire and homicides.  These violent crimes often times involve deadly weapons, drugs and drug trafficking.  The Task Force is led by FBI Pittsburgh and combines the expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement partners.

Updated July 20, 2018

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