South Florida’s top federal official to sit on U.S. Attorney General’s panel


South Florida’s top federal law enforcement official, Wifredo Ferrer, will now have U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's ear on crime-fighting policy.

Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, has been appointed to serve for a two-year term on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.

Ferrer joins seven other U.S. attorneys from other parts of the country who will advise the attorney general on “approaches to fighting crime and achieving justice across the country,” Holder said in a statement.

Ferrer, appointed by President Barack Obama, was sworn in as the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida in May 2010.

The district, stretching from Key West to Fort Pierce, is one of 93 U.S. attorney's offices in the country. The Southern District, one of the busiest nationwide, prosecutes mainly fraud, corruption and drug-trafficking cases.


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