Sally Quillian Yates

Justice Dept.: Focus is on more serious drug criminals

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, Deputy Attorney General nominee Sally Quillian Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department says the number of federal drug prosecutions has dropped in the last year, but the cases that are pursued involve more serious crimes. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Yates said federal prosecutors also are charging drug criminals less frequently with crimes that carry harsh mandatory minimum punishments. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal drug prosecutions has dropped in the last year, but the cases that are pursued involve more serious crimes, the Justice Department announced Monday.

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