US Attorney visits with law enforcement leaders

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From left to right, Asa Buck, Sheriff of Carteret County; Robert Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney; Scott Thomas, District Attorney; and Chris Davis, Sheriff of Pamlico County are pictured here inside Havelock City Hall.

HAVELOCK, NC – Recently appointed U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, Jr. met with local law enforcement leaders on Tuesday at Havelock City Hall. Higdon, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last August, confirmed by the Senate the following month, and sworn into office last October, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Upon the invitation of District Attorney Scott Thomas, U.S. Attorney Higdon met with several law enforcement leaders, including Asa Buck, Sheriff of Carteret County; Jerry Monette, Sheriff of Craven County; Chris Davis, Sheriff of Pamlico County; area Police Chiefs and Scott Thomas; District Attorney for North Carolina Prosecutorial District 3B.

The purpose of the 2-hour meeting was to discuss coordination between local law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office to fight crime in our area. The focus was centered on illegal drugs, violent crime, criminal illegal aliens and gangs.


“For the past several years, federal assistance from the US Attorney’s Office had waned in certain areas. Following this meeting with US Attorney Higdon, we are highly encouraged that we’ll soon be back in business regarding federal prosecutions for certain area drug dealers and violent criminals,” said Sheriff Asa Buck.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “We look forward to working closely with U.S. Attorney Higdon to coordinate our efforts in fighting violent crimes and drug dealers. Our goal is to promote safer communities through investigations, indictment and prosecution of dangerous criminals.”

As U.S. Attorney, Higdon is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Eastern District of N.C., which includes the 44 eastern most counties of the state. He oversees a staff of 108 employees, including 51 attorneys and 57 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the U.S. in civil cases and collects debts owed to the government.