Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss announced June 4 that the Department of Justice is taking a step to “increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws and help roll back the devastating opioid crisis” by allocating 311 new assistant U.S. attorneys to assist in priority areas.

Those allocations are: 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors and 35 additional immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement AUSAs will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force, which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

In the District of Delaware, one of these AUSAs will focus on violent crime and one will work on civil enforcement matters.

“Violent crime and drugs are tearing at the fabric of our community. These new AUSA positions, in addition to the recruitment that is already underway, will significantly enhance my office’s capabilities in combating violent crime and the opioid epidemic. I want to thank Attorney General Sessions for his leadership in providing the District of Delaware with the tools necessary to take on the challenges before us,” said David C. Weiss, U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware.

“Under President Trump's strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration and the opioid crisis — and today we are sending in reinforcements,” said 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 prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to repurpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership. This addition of new assistant U.S. attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades.”