Federal Districts Targeting Low-Level Drug Offenders

While federal prosecutors are supposed to take on cases of national or international significance, many prosecute individuals caught with crack cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine weighing less than 20 grams-- the weight of a toothbrush. These districts do not have more drug dealers or more effective criminal justice systems, they have federal prosecutors who are trying to pad their resumes with low-level drug cases in defiance of the Department of Justice's directive to focus on high-level cases.

low-level Crack Cocaine districts

Federal districts ranked by number of cases under 20 grams in 2015

low-level Heroin Districts

Federal districts ranked by number of cases under 20 grams in 2015

low-level methamphetamine districts

Federal districts ranked by number of cases under 20 grams in 2015