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NY U.S. Atty’s Office Goes More Global Since 2004

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

From reputed Jamaican drug lord Christopher Coke to notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has become aggressively global, indicting international figures from around the world, the New York Times reports.

Since 2004,  the Times’ Ben Weiser reports that the office has sent prosecutors to 25-plus countries “as part of investigations that have brought back dozens of suspected arms and narcotics traffickers and terrorists to Manhattan to face charges. And some of them have involved stings like the one that snared Mr. Bout.”

The paper reported that some other U.S. Attorney’s Offices like the one in Alexandria, Va., have also built international cases, but none appear to have done so in similar number or variety as the New York office.

“I think they are pursuing more kinds of international cases, with a deliberateness that’s new,” ex-N.Y. U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White told the Times.

The current U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was appointed to his post in 2009,  told the Times that it has become necessary in the post-911 era.

“As crime has gone global and national security threats are global,” he said, “in my view the long arm of the law has to get even longer. We can’t wait until bombs are going off.”

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Atty. Gen. Holder Offers Jamaica Condolences for “Loss of Citizens and Law Enforcement Officials”

kingston mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. commented Thursday on the deadly effort to extradite Jamaican kingpin Christopher “Dudus”  Coke, and offered condolences to the Jamaican people for “the loss of the citizens and law enforcement officials who have been killed.”

“As the Jamaican government seeks to uphold the rule of law, the United States stands in support of its efforts to ensure public safety and to combat drug trafficking and other criminal activity,” Holder said at a State Department function on Carribean-U.S. Security. “And we honor our brave law enforcement partners for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the cause of justice.”

Jamaican soldiers and police have been battling with gunmen who have been fighting in Kingston to prevent the extradition of Coke to New York.  As of Thursday, about 70 people had been killed including three police officer, the Associated Press reported. It said 28 police officers had been wounded.

“As we continue to monitor events in Jamaica, let me assure each of you that this effort is a top priority, not only for the Department of Justice, but also for the Departments of State, Homeland Security and Defense. And we are all proud to call you our partners.”

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