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N.Y. U.S. Atty. Announces Promotions: Balt. U.S. Atty. Creates Money Laundering Section

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – There’s no shortages of changes in the U.S. Attorney offices around the country these days.

In the New York Southern District, newly installed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced on Monday the promotion of a number of prosecutors including Boyd Johnson III, who is one of the candidates the White House has  interviewed  to head the DEA, and who headed the infamous Eliot Spitzer probe.

In Baltimore, U.S. Atty. Rod J. Rosenstein, a holdover from the Bush administration, announced the creation of a three-lawyer, two paralegal, Asset Forfeture and Money Laundering Section.

“This new unit will work with federal authorities with state and local officails on a wide range of cases in wihch federal forgeiture and money laundering statutes can help punish and deter crime,” Rosenstein said in a prepared statement.

In New York, Reuters news service reported, that Boyd Johnson moves up to the number two spot in the office as deputy U.S. Attorney.  He headed the probe into the Emperors Club VIP, that resulted in four guilty pleas. Spitzer was never charged, but the scandal forced him to resign as governor.

Other promotions in the New York office, according to Reuters, include:

  • Raymond Lohier was named chief of the criminal division’s securities and commodities fraud task force.
  • Miriam Rocah becomes chief of the criminal division’s organized crime unit.
  • Daniel Stein jumps to chief of the criminal division’s public corruption unit.

Ex-DEA Official Says Agents Should be Insulted that Obama Admin. Would Consider FBI Official to Head DEA

William Coonce worked for the DEA for 29 years and was special agent in charge of the Detroit Division from 1987 to 1993. His commentary is in response to a story in ticklethewire.com, which said FBI deputy Director John Pistole, Assistant U.S. Attorney Boyd Johnson III and former U.S. Attorney Greg. A. Vega were being considered to run DEA.

William Coonce
William Coonce

By William Coonce
For ticklethewire.com

As a former DEA agent, I have been appalled that it has taken 7 months into this adminstration for Mr. Obama to finally get around to considering prospects to head the DEA. To consider an Assistant U.S. Attorney or a former U.S. Attorney  is the expected routine political pablum, but to consider a current FBI Official is an insult to every DEA agent either on duty or retired.

What expertise does an FBI bureaucrat bring to the table to run an agency that has the expertise, experience and a proven track record to conduct major international drug cases?

Mexico is currently rife with over 10,000 dead bodies at the hands of vicious drug traffickers, a situation that has overwhelming national security concerns for the United States and our citizens, particularly in our border cities.

Does our President not have any appointee that has an interest, background or desire to run this nations premier Drug Enforcement Agency other than some also-ran-hack?

How about considering an individual with experience and a national reputation as a law enforcement adminstrator. Our nation needs it in this time of need and the men and women of DEA deserve better treatment than bland blather.

Notwithstanding my thoughts above, I will paranthetically add that a former FBI Agent by the name of John (Jack)Lawn was then the best DEA adminstrator the agency ever had,  and Thomas Constantine, a Former New York State Trooper Adminstrator was the worst.

Mr. Lawn was the best because he was a down to earth citizen who cared. Mr. Constantine was the worst because he was an angry arrogant ass who looked down his nose at federal professionals of whom he was jealous.

In conclusion, I would ask the selection screening committee to think this through and bring an individual with integrity, professional standards and a personal committment to excellence to our agency.

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FBI Deputy Director John Pistole Among Those Considered to Head DEA

John Pistole/fbi photo
John Pistole/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The White House has talked to four candidates about filling  the top spot at the Drug Enforcement Administration, including FBI deputy director John S. Pistole,  according to a source familiar with the selection process.

Pistole has been interviewed for the job along with Michele Leonhart, the DEA acting director; Boyd M. Johnson III, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York; and  former San Diego U.S. Attorney Greg A. Vega, who is in private practice.  Leonhart is not likely to get the job.

An unconfirmed  rumor circulating  Tuesday was that the FBI’s Pistole, who has been an FBI agent since 1983,  had been offered the job, but had yet to accept it.

FBI spokesman Michael P. Kortan declined to discuss the matter Tuesday night.  Pistole could not be reached for comment.  The DEA said it is policy not to comment on personnel matters.

The DEA has been faced with some daunting challenges in recent times,  both domestically and abroad, battling the drug trade in Afghanistan and dealing with the violence involving  Mexican drug cartels that has spilled over into the U.S.

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