U.S. attorney from the District of Arizona meets Mexican law enforcement

April 29th, 2010 - 3:05 am ICT by BNO News  

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) – United States Attorney Dennis K. Burke traveled to Mexico City Tuesday evening to meet with high-ranking Mexican Federal law enforcement officials and discuss trans-border issues, the attorney’s office in the District of Arizona said Wednesday.

The gathering is a follow-up to recent meetings in Arizona to advance the Ports of Entry Controlled Substance Prosecution Program conducted with the Procuraduria General del la Republica (PGR), as they discussed progress on cross-border counter-narcotics and complex crime investigative cooperation strategies.

Burke mentioned that strengthening trans-border cooperation will be the focus of a new Trans-Border Rule of Law Unit, in which the District of Arizona will work with Mexican law enforcement agencies in the State of Sonora to increase capacity to conduct investigations and prosecutions as the Republic of Mexico transitions to an adversarial system of criminal justice. This will help defeat drug cartels and criminal organizations that threaten the national security of the U.S.

“Federal prosecutors from the District of Arizona will provide training, assistance and advice at the request of the Mexican Government on how to prosecute their own people, under their own laws, in their own country for crimes impacting both the United States and the Republic of Mexico,” said U.S. Attorney Burke. “This initiative will lead to drug prosecutions before traffickers ever enter our country.”

The District of Arizona will also join Mexico in innovative programs to prosecute members of criminal gangs and cartels such as the Ports of Entry Controlled Substance Prosecution Program in which load drivers leaving Mexico with narcotics are now, for the first time ever, being prosecuted in Mexico.

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