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Joseph Wheatley, trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Gang Section, identifies the key legal elements required to both investigate and prosecute organized criminal groups April 15 during his presentation on "Legal Frameworks in Countering Transnational Organized Crime" in the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (April 15, 2015) – Joseph Wheatley, trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Gang Section, identified the key legal elements required to both investigate and prosecute organized criminal groups April 15 during his presentation on "Legal Frameworks in Countering Transnational Organized Crime" in the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here.

Wheatley's presentation identified the key legal elements required to both investigate and prosecute organized criminal groups, prosecuting traditional organized crime and drug kingpins and the DOJ model's six key elements.

His lecture also identified the critical role that international cooperation plays in prosecuting criminal enterprises and recent efforts to enhance the exchange of evidence via mutual legal assistance requests and effective use of extradition. Wheatley joined the Criminal Division of the DOJ in 2005 through the Attorney General's Honors Program. He started in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, now the Organized Crime and Gang Section, where he has prosecuted a variety of criminal groups, including La Cosa Nostra, Eurasian organized crime, the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, the Vice Lords and the Tran Organization.

Marshall Center's CNIT is a two-and-a-half week resident program that focuses on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities. This resident program started April 9 and ends April 24.

Course design includes guest lecturers from national and international law enforcement and security organizations, course seminar activities discussing the range of government countermeasures to combat criminal activity, and strategy development exercises that focus on best practices and international approaches to combating these growing threats against national security.

This year's CNIT participants hail from: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Belize; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Colombia; Czech Republic; Dominican Republic; Egypt; El Salvador; Fiji Islands; Georgia; Greece; Guatemala; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kosovo; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritania; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; New Zealand; Nigeria; Oman; Peru; Philippines; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; South Africa: Tanzania; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine, United States; and, Uzbekistan.

This year's CNIT course has a good mixture of participants who work at defense, interior and justice ministries, and law enforcement and other government agencies.

The course is designed for government officials and practitioners who are engaged in policy development, law enforcement, intelligence, and interdiction activities aimed at countering illicit narcotics trafficking, terrorist involvement in criminal activity, and the associated elements of transnational crime and corruption. It examines the major methods by which transnational criminal and terrorist organizations engage in illegal narcotics trafficking and other criminal activities for profit.

The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.

The Marshall Center offers eight resident programs that examine complex transnational, regional and international security issues: Program on Terrorism and Security Studies; Program on Applied Security Studies; Program on Security Sector Capacity Building; Seminar on Regional Security; Seminar on Transnational Civil Security; CNIT; Program on Cyber Security Studies; and, Senior Executive Seminar.

More information on these and other Marshall Center activities is available at www.marshallcenter.org.