Parish District Attorney Praises DEA
June 12 (New Orleans) – Today the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office hosted the Annual State of the Criminal Justice Address. The address was held at the historic Gallier Hall and featured Mayor Mitch Landrieu as the guest speaker. Mayor Landrieu commented that without the assurance of safety there could be no freedom.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. delivered the keynote Criminal Justice Address and praised the effective partnership between New Orleans area state and local agencies and the DEA New Orleans Field Division. Mr. Cannizzaro cited the investigative efforts of a key pharmaceutical case that was worked jointly by DEA and the Orleans Parish DA’s office.
Mr. Cannizzaro also alluded to Orleans Parish’s reliance on a new and unprecedented local prosecutorial model that has forged a unique partnership with DEA to fight against violent criminal and drug dealers. Mr. Cannizzaro remarked, “When I took office three and a half years ago, I found a broken criminal justice system…I believe that our efforts to transform this once broken criminal justice system have been recognized by our federal law enforcement partners.”
Mr. Cannizzaro said, “I would like to personally thank Jimmy Fox, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, for the trust that he placed in our office. We look forward to a continued working relationship with your federal law enforcement agency.”
Mr. Cannizzaro urged city and state legislators to provide additional funding to the district by citing the fact that Orleans Parish currently receives 1/6 th the funding of other parishes but has 175 murders, compared to 173 murders for the other parishes combined. In closing, Mr. Cannizzaro reminded his law enforcement colleagues that there was no expiration on justice.