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State and Federal Authorities Renew Joint Prosecutor Agreement

State and Federal Authorities Renew Joint Prosecutor Agreement

PIERRE, S.D.-  South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that state and federal authorities have renewed the prosecutor cooperation agreement for the prosecution of drug and gang related crimes in state and federal court.  The joint prosecutor position was formed in 2007 between the South Dakota Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney in an effort to provide a prosecutor with the authority to bring drug and gang related criminal actions in both state and federal court.  The joint position is funded in part by federal Project Safe Neighborhood funds and state controlled drug fund recoveries.  Former South Dakota United States Attorney Ted McBride has been selected to fulfill the important joint prosecutor function, serving as a Special Assistant Attorney General and U.S. Attorney.   Attorney General Jackley stated that “drug dealers and violent criminal gang members often attempt to take advantage of jurisdictional boundaries.  In South Dakota, such boundaries do not deter cooperative law enforcement from holding drug dealers and violent criminals accountable.”  

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