DOJ Sees Success in First Year of Operation SOS

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On July 16, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Operation SOS to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas. One year later, the department has reported on the progress of the program so far.

The DOJ announced Tuesday some of the accomplishments reached under the program in ten districts. These districts have some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country. Each district focused efforts on prosecuting every readily available case involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of the drug quantity.

Each of these districts coordinated with the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Operations Division to track and coordinate these street-level cases and also received additional assistance from the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces.

As reported in the release, the 10 participating districts and some of their successes include:

“Our attorneys and law enforcement agents have spent the past year working tirelessly to disrupt the networks engaged in the trafficking of synthetic opioids,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said in the release. “The Department of Justice’s efforts have resulted in countless successes from California to Maine. We have successfully sought enhanced sentences in cases that resulted in deadly overdoses, and we have boosted cooperation among the partners involved. There remains much work to be done, but Operation S.O.S. marks a crucial turning point in the fight against synthetic opioids.”

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