Efforts to help combat violent crime and the opioid crisis in West Virginia took at huge step forward on Monday, June 4. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart announced his office will receive the largest allocation of new prosecutors in the country.
“I am extremely pleased to announce that the Southern District of West Virginia has been allocated a nearly 15 percent increase,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “It is not only the largest increase in the country but the largest allocation of new prosecutors in the history of the Southern District of West Virginia.”
Stuart added that it is a strong endorsement of this efforts to combat the opioid crisis, violent crime and corruption in southern West Virginia. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session added his support to the efforts in southern West Virginia.
“We are sending in reinforcements,” said Attorney General 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 prosecutor to where they are needed.”
In the Southern District of West Virginia, three new Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) will focus on violent crime and one will focus on civil enforcement. There is no word on whether the new prosecutors will be assigned to Bluefield, Beckley, Charleston or Huntington.
Nationwide a total of 311 new AUSAs will be allocated. Many of the civil enforcement attorneys will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force which targets the opioid crisis at every level.
“We will use these new position to intensify our approach to apprehending and locking up drug thugs and violent criminals, prosecuting white collar crime and public corruption, and super-charging an offensive-minded civil practice,” stated U.S. Attorney Stuart.