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Department of Justice - Criminal Division and Drug Enforcement Administration - Oversight Hearing Before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, March 19, 1980

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Administrators of the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Criminal Division and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) explain the mission, organization, functions, and achievements of these agencies to members of a House subcommittee.
The Assistant Attorney General of the criminal division notes that the goal of the division is to serve the public interest through the development and enforcement of criminal statutes in a vigorous, fair, and effective manner. The division provides leadership in the litigation of complex criminal cases, guidance in the development and refinement of prosecutorial enforcement strategies, support for U.S. Attorney offices, participation in the evaluation and development of administrative policy and Federal legislation for the criminal justice system, and leadership in the enforcement of certain statutes. White-collar crime is of particular concern to the division, which has concentrated its efforts in white-collar crime prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and sentencing in Economic Crime Field Units. Functions of other units of the division, including the Nazi War Crimes Unit, are discussed. The Administrator of the DEA then describes progress made in eradicating the flow of drugs from Southeast and Southwest Asia, particularly heroin, and in stopping the influx of cocaine and other dangerous drugs into the country. The special duties and acomplishments of the Diversion Investigation Units and the Pharmacy Theft Prevention Project are also noted. Appendixes include an implementation study of DOJ's Economic Crime Enforcement Program, U.S. Attorneys' written guidelines concerning those violations of Federal criminal laws that they will normally refuse to prosecute, principles of Federal prosecution, and the Attorney General's report on national priorities for the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime. The DEA Administrator's prepared statement includes graphs and tables.