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U.S. Attorney cracks down on crime in Southern Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A high-ranking U.S. Federal official is telling criminals to be very afraid. Joseph Hogsett says he's pushing for more aggressive federal prosecution of violent crimes.

Since March, Hogsett has traveled to all 60 counties in the Southern Indiana region. He went on several ridealongs with local police departments. Yesterday, he visited Jeffersonville and New Albany. He says it helps him identify the problems faced by law enforcement in some of the most challenging neighborhoods.

Hogsett says, "We went through the public housing complexes and there are many in New Albany. I was able to see the frequency of runs to the public housing complexes where, unfortunately, there is a relative chronic challenge of drugs...related narcotics trafficking on occasion, some gun-related violence."

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey says, "Obviously these partnerships do work. We just need people in place who are willing to work hard and get it done."

Hogsett says the crime initiative has resulted in a dramatic increase in felony gun-related charges. There are 72 already this year. It was just 14 last year. He says drug trafficking indictments are up 100 percent from two years ago.

Hogsett says the federal-local partnership also promotes prosecuting repeat violent offenders with federal charges if possible. That would make them stay behind bars for even longer.

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