The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 30, 1998

Using TRACFED data, Editor Tim Bross noticed that 72% of the FBI's convictions in the Southern District of Illinois -- just across the river from St. Louis -- involved drugs. This meant that the FBI in Southern Illinois topped all other 89 districts in its war on drugs. By comparison, the percentage of FBI convictions that involved drugs was 6% in Chicago and 24% in St. Louis itself. Reporter Roy Malone talked to everyone involved. While the U.S. Attorney defended his priorities, many judges and civil rights leaders wondered why the FBI wasn't spending more of its time on other business such as official corruption, white collar crime, and protecting the environment. Malone's front page article ran on March 30, 1998.

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