The primary mission of the Organized Crime Section (OCS) is to investigate and prosecute complex criminal enterprises, comprised of both traditional and nontraditional organized crime members. The organizations investigated and prosecuted by the OCS are involved in the commission of various predicate criminal offenses which have included drug trafficking, gambling, loansharking, extortion, identity theft, insurance fraud, auto theft, money laundering, intimidation of witnesses and murder.
The OCS makes extensive use of cooperating witnesses, electronic surveillance and the Statewide Investigating Grand Jury in furthering the section’s long-term investigations. The OCS maintains a close working relationship with both the U.S. Attorney’s offices in the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and has prosecuted several major organizations in federal court. The section also works closely with the Pennsylvania State Police’s Organized Crime Division throughout the Commonwealth.
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