Narcotics/Drugs Convictions for November 2006

Lead Charge "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy"
U.S. District Court

Number Latest Month 710
Percent Change from previous month 6.9
Percent Change from 1 year ago -1.7
Percent Change from 5 years ago 8.4

Table 1: Criminal Narcotics/Drugs Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during November 2006 the government reported 710 new narcotics/drugs convictions with a lead charge of "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy". According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 6.9% over the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants convicted for narcotics/drugs-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. (See Table 1)

When monthly 2006 convictions for "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy" are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the numbers were only slightly down (-1.7 percent). Convictions over the past year are still much higher than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that the convictions are up 8.4 percent from levels reported in 2001.

The increase from the levels five years ago in narcotics/drugs convictions is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of narcotics/drugs convictions for Lead Charge "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy" recorded on a month-to-month basis. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out.

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Figure 1: Criminal Narcotics/Drugs Convictions over the last five years

Within the broad category of narcotics/drugs, cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.

Case types within narcotics/drugs are

  • Drugs-Drug Trafficking

  • Drugs-Simple Drug Possession

  • Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force

  • Drugs-Operation Triggerlock Major

  • Drugs-Operation Triggerlock Other

The largest number of convictions for Lead Charge "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy" in November 2006 was for "Drugs-Drug Trafficking", accounting for 58.3 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for " Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force" (41.7%). See Figure 2.

The lead investigative agency for narcotics/drugs convictions in November 2006 was DEA accounting for 59 percent of convictions. Other agencies with substantial numbers of narcotics/drugs convictions were: FBI (15% ), ATF (8%), Local (8%). See Figure 3.

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Figure 2: Specific types of convictions
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Figure 3: Convictions by Investigative Agency

Judicial District Count Rank  
N. Y., S 40 1 Details
Virg, E 38 2 Details
Ohio, N 37 3 Details
Arizona 31 4 Details
N. Y., E 30 5 Details
Texas, W 29 6 Details
Nebraska 24 7 Details
S Car 24 7 Details
N Car, W 23 9 Details
Mo, W 22 10 Details

Table 2: Top districts for convictions

Narcotics/Drugs Convictions by Judicial District

In November 2006 the Justice Department said the government obtained 290.1 narcotics/drugs convictions for every ten million people in the United States.

Understandably, there is great variation in the number of narcotics/drugs convictions in each of the nation's ninety-four federal judicial districts.

The districts registering the largest number of convictions last month are shown in Table 2.

  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan)—with 40 convictions—was the most active during November 2006.

  • Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) ranked 2nd.

  • Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland) is now ranking 3rd.

Top Ranked District Judges

At any one time, there are about 680 federal District Court judges working in the United States. For the entire nation, the judges recorded with the largest number of new narcotics/drugs crime cases resulting in convictions during November 2006 are shown in Table 3.

Judge Count Rank  
Currie, Cameron McGowan S Car 15 1 Details
Voorhees, Richard Lesley N Car, W 14 2 Details
Oliver, Solomon Jr. Ohio, N 14 2 Details
Camp, Laurie Smith Nebraska 12 4 Details
Adams, Henry Lee Jr. Fla, M 11 5 Details
Bury, David C. Arizona 8 6 Details
Blackburn, Robert E. Colorado 8 6 Details
Gaughan, Patricia Anne Ohio, N 8 6 Details
Pallmeyer, Rebecca R. Ill, N 7 9 Details
Young, Richard L. Ind, S 7 9 Details
Gritzner, James E. Iowa, S 7 9 Details
Whipple, Dean Mo, W 7 9 Details
Cote, Denise N. Y., S 7 9 Details
Junell, Robert A. Texas, W 7 9 Details
Lee, Gerald Bruce Virg, E 7 9 Details
Wexler, Leonard D. Virg, E 7 9 Details

Table 3: Top judges for convictions

  • Judge Cameron McGowan Currie in the South Carolina ranked 1st with 15 convicted in narcotics/drugs convictions.

  • Judge Richard Lesley Voorhees in the Western District of North Carolina (Asheville) ranked 2nd with 14 convicted in narcotics/drugs convictions.

  • Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. in Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland) ranked 2nd as well with 14 new narcotics/drugs convictions.

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