Huntington To Add More Prosecutors Targeting Drug, Gun Crimes

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — More federal prosecutors will be going after criminals in one West Virginia city.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said at a news conference Thursday in Huntington that prosecutors are being added to cases targeting drug trafficking, violent crime and gun crime in West Virginia’s second-largest city.

Stuart says the goal of the Project Huntington initiative is to make West Virginia’s second-largest city the safest one in America.

Stuart says the number of prosecutors focused on those cases will be doubled within weeks. The effort will be led by assistant U.S. attorney Monica Coleman.

Last year U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors to bring the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects. Critics say the move will unduly affect minorities and fill prisons with nonviolent offenders.