COPS LEARN HOW TO NAIL GANGSTERS FEDERALLY DRUG, GUN CHARGES CAN BRING LONG TERMS.Byline: Josh Kleinbaum Staff Writer
SAN FERNANDO San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. - Federal prosecutors and agents instructed their local counterparts Wednesday on how to file federal firearms This is an extensive list of small arms — pistol, machine gun, grenade launcher, anti-tank rifle — that includes variants.
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U.S. attorneys and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms held an eight-hour class for police officers and city and district attorneys, highlighting the advantages of prosecuting in U.S. District Court and reviewing the guidelines for such cases.
``Local agencies, they can take state cases, and if they meet a certain criteria, they can bring those for federal consideration,'' said ATF ATF Molecular virology Activating transcription factor A cellular protein that stimulates transcription of adenovirus E4 transcription unit, which acts early in infection at any of several 'enhancer' binding sites Senior Special Agent Wendell Roberts, coordinator of the training session. ``That's not done consistently. A lot of officers are not aware that they can do that.''
Federal charges can turn a small drug bust into major time served - addressing a major concern of police officers, who are often frustrated frus·trate
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a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: at the speed with which convicted criminals return to the street. Under federal statutes, possession of two ounces of pure methamphetamine and a gun carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, officials said during a presentation.
``People in federal prison do 80 percent time, which means an eight- to 10-year sentence is a substantial sentence, and not one where people will be out in a year or two,'' said LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley Bureau's commanding officer.
``We have some new U.S. attorneys here that want to work very aggressively with us in pursuing federal charges against gang members. The leverage they have on their side, the federal side, can prove effective.''
Because most gangs traffic in both guns and drugs, officials believe federal statutes could be particularly effective against gangs. When the LAPD raided gang members in North Hills and Panorama City in October, cracking down on a war that flared up between two local gangs, they were accompanied by ATF agents, Moore said.
``They came out to see if there's anything applicable in the federal statutes,'' Moore said. ``We've worked with them in an undercover capacity and surveillance capacity. They're experts on firearms.''
With the training sessions, ATF officials hope to make local police officers experts, too.
Wednesday's session was the third in three days. In all, about 1,000 officers and prosecutors in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, attended the sessions, including officers from the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department This article is about the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department, not to be confused with the smaller Los Angeles County Police
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California. , the San Fernando Police Department and the California Highway Patrol highway patrol
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``One thing we're trying to do with this program is get the word out that we're here,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Backhus said. ``We're a tool and a resource at their disposal to get these violent offenders off the street.''
Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent Derek Cox looks at an H&K Mp5 9 mm submachine gun submachine gun
Lightweight automatic small-arms weapon chambered for relatively low-energy pistol cartridges and fired from the hip or shoulder. Submachine guns usually have box-type magazines that hold 10–50 cartridges, or occasionally drums holding more rounds. at the San Fernando Police Department, where the ATF is training local police officers about the variety of weapons that can be found on the streets.
John McCoy/Staff Photographer