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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          AG
THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1995                            (202) 616-2765
                                               TDD (202) 514-1888
      NEW YORK FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENT 
             RECEIVE TOP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARD 
              FOR MEDELLIN DRUG CARTEL PROSECUTION
     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal prosecutors and a Drug
Enforcement (DEA) agent who successfully investigated and
prosecuted one of the Medellin drug cartel's most violent and
ruthless assassins received the Justice Department's highest
award today.  
     Eighty-one Department employees and four other individuals
were honored at the 43rd Annual Attorney General's Awards
Ceremony held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium.  
     Attorney General Janet Reno presented the Exceptional
Service award to Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) Cheryl L.
Pollak and Beth A. Wilkinson, of the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's
Office and Special Agent Sam Trotman, New York Field Division,
DEA, for their efforts in bringing Dandeny Munoz Mosquera (Munoz)
to justice.  
     In 1991, Munoz was arrested in Brooklyn for making false
statements to a federal agent.  Following Munoz's arrest, the
AUSA/DEA team spent countless hours bringing together Colombian
and U.S. witnesses and collecting evidence and testimony linking
Munoz to narcotics trafficking, the murders of Colombian police
as well as informants and competitors of the Medellin cartel. 
Their investigation revealed that Munoz was responsible for the
bombings of Colombian offices and the sabotaging of an Avianca
airliner, two incidents in which 187 people were killed and more
than 400 injured.  Two attempts on the life of former President
George Bush during his trips to drug summits in Colombia and
Venezuela in the early 1990s were also linked to Munoz.  
     "Despite death threats to prosecutor Pollak and to others
involved in the case, and an initial mistrial when several jurors
refused to deliberate, this team had the courage and commitment
to continue their quest for justice," Attorney General Janet Reno
said.  "Munoz's ultimate conviction in 1994 on all counts is a
testament to their tenacious efforts." 
     Reno presented the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional
Heroism to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent
John Kuchta and posthumously to Special Agents Martha A. Dixon-Martinez 
and Michael J. Miller and D.C. Police Sergeant Henry J.
Daly for their courageous and unhesitating actions during an
armed attack by Benny Lee Lawson in the Washington Metropolitan
Police Department building in November 1994.  
     "I am saddened but also proud to present these awards to
Special Agent Kuchta and the families of fallen agents Dixon-Martinez 
and Miller as well as police sergeant Daly.  The city
and the nation are forever indebted to them for their courage,
self-sacrifice and dedication to duty," Reno said.
     The Edmund J. Randolph Award, named for the first Attorney
General, recognizes outstanding contributions to the
accomplishments of the Department's mission.  This year's award
was presented to U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green for her
dedicated service as presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1988 until 1995.  Judge
Green presided over the court through seven of its busiest years. 
During her tenure she personally handled judicial approval of
numerous sensitive cases, including the espionage case of Aldrich
Ames.  
     The William French Smith Award for Outstanding Contribution
to Cooperative Law Enforcement was awarded to Michael R.
Longmire, Captain, Field Operations Division, Raleigh Police
Department, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Longmire was recognized for
his contributions to improve the effectiveness and productivity
of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for the Eastern
District of North Carolina, his assistance in creating a police
department for the town of Navassa, North Carolina, his work on
various "weed and seed" strategies for the Halifax Court public
housing project and his efforts in creating two police internship
programs for the overall community policing strategy program.
     Reverend Robert Vitaglione received the Meritorious Public
Service Award, which honors private citizens whose contributions
have significantly assisted the Department in attaining its
objectives.  Rev. Vitaglione, Comite Nuestra Senora de Loreto,
was honored for his pro bono representation of indigent aliens in
the New York area, and assistance to aliens and their families
with immigration problems.  Through his leadership Comite Nuestra
Senora de Loreto now has more than 35 volunteers to assist in
screening and preparing documents, applications, and cases for
deportation hearings and interviews.  His unique role and hard
work are invaluable to the immigration judges in New York.  
     The Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the
second highest form of recognition bestowed by the Department,
was awarded to 41 employees.  Awards were presented to:  
     Robert M. Blitzer, Supervisory Special Agent, National
Security Division, FBI, for his outstanding contributions to the
arrest and extradition of terrorist Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, a suspect
in the World Trade Center bombing in February, 1993.  As a result
of Blitzer's efforts, a dangerous criminal was taken into
custody, and a message sent to terrorists worldwide that the U.S.
government will do whatever is necessary, within the law, to
bring perpetrators of crimes against the U.S. and its citizens to
justice.
     Sarah N. Chapman, Andrew S. Dember, and Michael E. Horowitz,
Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), Criminal Division, Southern
District of New York, for their personal sacrifice and tireless
dedication to public service in investigating and prosecuting a
difficult and complex case of corruption involving almost half
the patrol force of the 30th Precinct of the New York City Police
Department.  The hallmark of the investigation was their ability
to bring state and federal prosecutors, and numerous law
enforcement agencies together to relentlessly pursue and arrest
bands of rogue police officers who were involved in corrupt
dealings with local drug dealers living within the 30th Precinct.
     Jean M. Christiansen, Adjudications Officer, Officer in
Charge, Port au Prince, Haiti, Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS), for her outstanding work in managing and
controlling the in-country refugee program as a key part of the
Administration's strategy on the return of democracy to Haiti. 
Serving as Officer in Charge, she provided exemplary leadership
to the refugee and migrant processing program during one of the
most difficult periods in modern Haitian history.
     Scott S. Dahl, Trial Attorney, Civil Division, and Ann
Arbor, Senior Litigation Counsel, Fraud Section, Criminal
Division, for their exceptional efforts as lead counsel for the
U.S. in obtaining the largest global criminal, civil and
administrative settlement in a health care fraud matter, a $379
million resolution with National Medical Enterprises, a major
national hospital chain.  This precedent setting case was a
landmark in the government's health care fraud enforcement
effort, not only for its size and scope, but for a ground
breaking corporate compliance agreement that is now seen as a
model in the health care industry.
     Linda K. Davis, Chief, Criminal Section, Civil Rights
Division, for her expert management and strong leadership in the
field of criminal civil rights enforcement.  Over the past 18 and
one-half years, Davis' judgment and expertise has been valued by
Division leadership as she litigated and supervised cases of
national significance and matters of intense public interest
involving racial violence, misconduct by local and federal law
enforcement officials, and violations of the peonage and
involuntary servitude statutes that protect migrant workers and
others from being held in bondage.  Her distinguished record,
leadership and litigating talents earned her a Presidential
appointment as Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the
District of Columbia in March 1995.  
     John H. Durham, Deputy United States Attorney, District of
Connecticut, for his outstanding efforts and leadership in
developing a coordinated approach to gang violence in New Haven
and other cities among federal, state and local law enforcement. 
Durham's leadership in establishing the New Haven Gang Task Force
was critical not only in reducing violent crime in New Haven and
other cities in Connecticut, but also serves as the model for
cooperative law enforcement for the rest of the nation.
     AUSA Thomas J. Eicher, Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
Jonathan J. Rusch, Senior Litigation Counsel, William J.
Corcoran, Senior Counsel, Criminal Division; and Robert T. Core,
Raymond F. Kyle, Charles M. Anderson, Charles W. Stuber, Jr.,
Special Agents, Washington Metropolitan Field Office, FBI, for
their contributions of exemplary devotion to duty, pursuit of
justice, and outstanding innovation and skill, as members of the
House Bank Task Force.  This Task Force team was involved in the
investigation and successful prosecution of members, officers,
and staff members of the U.S. House of Representatives on charges
relating to the House Bank.
     Special Agent Steven Gomez, Supervisory Special Agent Robert
Jones, Los Angeles Field Office, FBI; AUSA Jeffrey W. Johnson,
Central District of California, for their dedication, leadership
and creativity in investigating and successfully prosecuting
numerous members of the Eight Trey Gangster Crips, one of the
most notorious and violent street gangs within Los Angeles, for
interstate distribution of multi-kilo quantities of crack
cocaine.  Individually, and as a group, Gomez, Jones and Johnson
coordinated this investigation with many other state, local and
federal law enforcement agencies, and utilized sophisticated
surveillance techniques to fully identify the enterprise and
successfully intercept a number of large drug shipments.  This
cooperative task force initiative played a major role in the
significant (13 percent) reduction of violent crime within the
Los Angeles area in 1994.
     Stacia Hylton, Assistant Chief for Administration, Donald W.
Horton, Chief, Court Security Division, United States Marshals
Service (USMS), Roger Adams, Attorney Advisor, Criminal Division
and Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General, for their
joint efforts in reorganizing and revitalizing the planning and
management of the Court Security Officer program, which provides
contract armed security services to the Federal Judiciary.  They
designed and implemented changes that improved the program's
operational effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability and
standardized a National Court Security Officer Allocation
protocol to ensure that the judiciary's limited security
resources are used in a more efficient manner, so that all
judicial districts across the Nation receive an equitable share
of the security resources available. 
     John T. Orr, Chief, Atlanta Field Division, Antitrust
Division, for his outstanding contribution to the overall mission
of the Antitrust Division and its criminal enforcement program in
the Southeast.  Under Orr's supervision, more than 70 cases were
prosecuted against firms accused of rigging bids for the sale of
dairy products to public schools and other public institutions in
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and
Tennessee.  All these cases resulted in convictions and
imprisonment of responsible individuals, and the imposition of
substantial fines against the corporate defendants and payment of
substantial damages to the affected states.
     Jerry A. Rinehart and William E. Ledwith, Special Agents,
Bogota, Colombia, Country Office, DEA, for their dedicated and
energetic efforts, under dangerous and hostile conditions, in the
18-month investigation and recapture of Pablo Escobar-Gaviva. 
Their emotionally and physically exhausting day-to-day
supervision of the case eventually led to the demise of Escobar
and his murderous associates within the Medellin Mafia, ending
the Medellin Cartel and their reign of terror over Colombia.
     Antonio J. Ruiz, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, Brent
Johnson, Senior Patrol Agent, Michael D. Flanagan, Daryl Reed,
Blanca Sauermann, Robert Taylor, Border Patrol Agents, Imperial
Beach Station, San Diego, California, INS, for their efforts in
establishing a community relations unit to involve the local
community in finding solutions to problems related to the large
volume of alien traffic in the Imperial Beach area.  Through
their community involvement efforts, local citizens have now
became supportive of the Border Patrol Agents and Operation
Gatekeeper, a monumental undertaking that methodically closed
corridors of preference, channelling illegal entrants to areas
where physical interdiction can be more easily accomplished.
     Julie E. Samuels, Director, Steven G. Shandy, Program
Analyst, Philip C. Baridon, Program Management Specialist, Office
of Policy and Management Analysis, Criminal Division; Patricia L.
Dobbs, Chief, Violence Against Women Branch, Harri J. Kramer,
Director, Office of Congressional Affairs, Office of Justice
Programs; Grace L. Mastalli, Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
Office of Policy Development; Craig D. Uchida, Acting Assistant
Director, Grants Administration Division, Community Oriented
Policing Services, for their extraordinary efforts as core staff
members of the Police Hiring Task Force, established by the
Attorney General in 1993 to develop and manage a competitive
grant program to put additional police officers on the street and
expand community policing.  The Task Force designed and
implemented the $150 million Police Hiring Supplement Program,
which received applications from 2,760 jurisdictions.  This
program will put more than 2,000 police on the Nation's streets,
an initial downpayment on the Administration's commitment      
to add 100,000 police to America's communities.  After passage of
the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Crime
Bill) the Task Force recommended $200 million in additional
grants through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS),
Phase I Program, creating funding for almost 5,000 additional
police officers.
     Willie J. Scott, Warden, U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth,
Kansas, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), for his excellent
managerial abilities and exceptional performance in providing
leadership and quality management to the United States
Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, and serving as a role model
for other personnel during his 23-year career with BOP.   
     Peter R. Steenland, Jr., Chief, Appellate Section,
Environment and Natural Resources Division, for his outstanding
service as Chief of the Appellate Section, his invaluable
contributions on special assignments from Assistant Attorneys
General, and his expert advice and counsel to officials
throughout the Department and federal government.  As a result of
Steenland's efforts, the Appellate Section has gained a
reputation for legal excellence throughout the federal
government.  In addition, he made critical contributions to
important cases such as Exxon Valdez, the Navajo-Hopi land
dispute and the NAFTA-NEPA controversy.
     John L. Wodatch, Chief, Disability Rights Section (DRS),
Civil Rights Division, for his outstanding work in the disability
rights field and the Americans With Disabilities Act, in
particular.  Under Wodatch's direction, DRS pursued an energetic
program of enforcement, currently investigating more than 1,000
Title III complaints.  Litigation efforts and complaint
resolution through formal and informal settlements have resulted
in the removal of physical barriers in a wide variety of
settings, including professional training courses and licensing,
hotels, restaurants, theaters, health care facilities, retail
stores, private schools, car rentals, health clubs, and banks.  
     Other Attorney General awards and honorees include:
     The Mary C. Lawton Lifetime Service Award:  This award is
given to employees who have served at least 20 years in the
Department and who have demonstrated high standards of excellence
and dedication throughout their careers.  This year's award is
presented to Leo E. Cardenas, Regional Director, Rocky Mountain
Region, Community Relations Service (CRS).  Cardenas has
exercised authority and judgment as a federal peacemaker in
racially charged situations.  He has mediated sessions in tepees,
helicopters, station wagons, Fortune 500 board rooms, school
auditoriums, city council chambers, on mountain tops and on city
streets to resolve difficult and complex racial conflicts.  
     The Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Management: 
Two employees were honored in this category:  Kenneth Belodoff,
Litigation Support Specialist, Tax Division, for his leadership
and creative management in providing administrative and
litigation support services to Division litigators.  By utilizing
services of other Department components and outside federal
agencies, Belodoff saved the government thousands of dollars by
arranging for litigation support services at little or no cost to
the Division.  
     Patricia Macherey, Prisoner Medical Service, Program
Officer, United States Marshals Service (USMS), also was honored
for her extraordinary efforts in addressing serious medical
issues involving prisoners.  In responding to medical crises and
many daily calls for assistance from the field, Macherey
successfully developed procedures for handling the medical needs
of prisoners while identifying and containing medical costs. 
With no staff and no budget, she singlehandedly worked out an
agreement with the BOP to provide a wider range of services for
the USMS's prisoner population.
     The Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law
Enforcement was awarded to three employees: 
     Lawrence G. Owens, Special Agent, Philadelphia Field Office,
FBI, was nominated by the Assistant Attorney General, Environment
and Natural Resources Division, for his unparalleled
contributions in the field of environmental criminal enforcement. 
As co-founder of the Philadelphia Environmental Task Force,
Owens' vision, dedication and leadership improved the quality of
environmental criminal referrals in the Philadelphia region,
greatly increased available resources and the ability of law
enforcement to respond quickly and decisively to environmental
crimes, and reduce duplication.  His tireless efforts led to a
string of notable successes, including convictions of defendant
corporations and their officers under the Federal Hazardous Waste
and Water Pollution Acts in United States v. Metro Container
Corporation and United States v. York Metal Finishing and Edwin
Walter.
     Barry Tang, Supervisory Special Agent, New York District
Office, INS, received his award for his outstanding efforts in
investigating and prosecuting violent gangs on Immigration and
Nationality Act violations.  In his capacity as supervisor of the
Violent Gang Task Force, Tang distinguished himself in the "White
Tiger" investigation by overseeing the dismantling of a dangerous
element of an Asian organized crime group.  The Chinese crime
group was holding smuggled aliens and torturing them while their
relatives were forced to listen to their cries and the gangster's
extortion demands.  Tang's efforts resulted in indictments
against the group for racketeering, hostage taking, kidnapping,
murder in aid of racketeering, extortion and alien smuggling. 
Sixteen of the 18 defendants pled guilty and two are currently
awaiting trial.
     Michael V. Vincent, Special Agent, Office of the Inspector
General, was honored for his successful 15-month investigation of
the slow and systematic corruption of a high ranking federal
immigration official by Asian nationals, resulting in the
conviction and incarceration of a 22-year veteran INS official. 
The investigation was a lengthy and sensitive one, requiring
Vincent to prove crimes which had occurred in multiple judicial
districts over a period of years by various defendants.  It was
coordinated secretly with several components within the INS and
culminated in the arrest of an INS Deputy Assistant Director for
Examinations who pled guilty to bribery and obstruction of
justice charges related to accepting thousands of dollars in
return for providing illegally obtained green cards.  The
official resigned and was sentenced to two and one-half years
incarceration, three years probation, and ordered to pay a
$10,100 fine.  A middleman in the scheme is awaiting sentence.
     The Attorney General has approved the establishment of a new
award, "Outstanding Service by a Federal Wage System Employee,"
in honor of Cubby Dorsey, a materials handler foreman on the
Facilities and Administrative Services Staff, Justice Management
Division.  Dorsey, who died on April 11, 1995, began his career
as a Federal Wage System employee and spent his entire 24 years
of federal service with the Department of Justice.  Dorsey was
respected by officials and employees at all levels for his "can
do" attitude.  This award will be presented in 1996 for the first
time.  
     A number of other awards also were presented:
   ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AWARD FOR EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
                       Carlyle I. Holder
                        Associate Warden
                    Federal Medical Facility
                       Fort Worth, Texas
                   Federal Bureau of Prisons
          ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AWARD FOR UPWARD MOBILITY
                        Denise Showanes
                  Support Services Supervisor
                 Information Resources Division
                Federal Bureau of Investigation
        ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
        TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DISABLED EMPLOYEES 
                       Carolyn Rodriguez
                      Paralegal Specialist
              Office of the United States Attorney
                Southern District of California
  THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEGAL SUPPORT
                       PARALEGAL CATEGORY
                       Donald Greenstein
                      Paralegal Specialist
                          Tax Division
                      SECRETARIAL CATEGORY
                        Maxine Schiffman
                        Legal Assistant
                         Tort's Branch
                         Civil Division
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
                    ADMINISTRATIVE CATEGORY
                        Robert K. Burger
                Supervisory Paralegal Specialist
                       Antitrust Division
                      Michele G. McMorris
                Financial Management Specialist
                  Justice Management Division
                      SECRETARIAL CATEGORY
                      Diane L. Gilbertson
                           Secretary
                   Office of the U.S. Trustee
                   San Francisco, California
                                
                      JOHN MARSHALL AWARDS
                      TRIAL OF LITIGATION
                        Peter C. Monson
                         Trial Attorney
                      Denver Field Office
           Environment and Natural Resources Division
                      Martin J. Weinstein
                      Nicolette S. Templer
                       Daniel A. Caldwell
                    Assistant U.S. Attorneys
                  Northern District of Georgia
                  PARTICIPATION IN LITIGATION
                    Robert E. Courtney, III
                        Mary E. Crawley
                           Pamela Foa
                    Assistant U.S. Attorneys
                Eastern District of Pennsylvania
                          Karen Wehner
                         Trial Attorney
                          Tax Division
                        Neil H. Koslowe
                 SES Special Litigation Counsel
                    Federal Programs Branch
                         Civil Division
                     SUPPORT OF LITIGATION
                        Scott C. Charney
                             Chief
                      Computer Crime Unit
                       Criminal Division
                         Diane Dorfman
                            Attorney
                     Civil Rights Division
                      HANDLING OF APPEALS
                        David I. Pincus
                            Reviewer
                       Appellate Section
                          Tax Division
                                
                     PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE
                       Jesse J. Figueroa
                    Assistant U.S. Attorney
                      District of Arizona
                                
             PREPARATION OR HANDLING OF LEGISLATION
                        Timothy Dowling
                        Attorney Advisor
         Policy/Legislation/Special Litigation Section
                        James Brookshire
                          Deputy Chief
                   General Litigation Section
           Environment and Natural Resources Division
                        Alan R. McDonald
                   Supervisory Special Agent
                Federal Bureau of Investigation
                                
        INTERAGENCY COOPERATION IN SUPPORT OF LITIGATION
                        Col. John Harris
                       U.S. Marine Corps
                                
                        ASSET FORFEITURE
                    Ellen Silverman Zimiles
                       Bart Van de Weghe
                    Assistant U.S. Attorneys
                 Southern District of New York
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