Tribune-Review: U.S. attorney teaming up with Western Pa. DAs to choke guns, drugs

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
http://triblive.com/news/washington/7990088-74/hickton-county district#axzz3VaXK78OX

hickton-vittoneU.S. Attorney David Hickton is teaming with district attorneys in counties bisected by major interstates and highways to help choke the flow of drugs and guns into Western Pennsylvania.

District Attorney Gene Vittone said his office routinely partners with various law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Cooperation is vital in law enforcement,” Vittone said. “We’re going to prosecute the cases in the best places to prosecute them, and we’re going to have the best results in the name of justice.”Federal sentences often are harsher than state sentences, Hickton said. But he hopes the program leads to more criminal cases on all levels.

“We will be able to marry the information we have on the state and federal level, which will make it much more difficult for criminals,” he said.

(Photo: Justin Merriman, Trib Total Media)

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