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Criminal street gang prosecutor joins U.S. Attorney's Office for Athens region

Michael Morrison is sworn-in via telepne Monday as assistant as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia

Former Gwinnett County Managing Assistant District Attorney Michael Morrison this week was sworn-in as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, which has jurisdiction over Athens-Clarke and other counties in Northeast Georgia.

While in Gwinnett, Morrison was known for his expertise in prosecuting criminal street gang and drug trafficking cases,according to U.S. Attorney Charles E. Peeler.

The swearing-in occurred on Monday and was conducted remotely by phone due to social distancing restrictions in place since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Morrison earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University. Since 2008, he has served as a prosecutor in the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, supervising the Gwinnett Drug & Gang Task Force.

Morrison has a strong track record trying complex, large-scale drug trafficking and violent criminal street gang cases, according to Peeler.

Most recently, Morrison was nominated, along with members of the FBI-Atlanta Gang Unit, for a 2019 FBI Director's Award for his role as the lead prosecutor in the state murder trial of Nine Trey Gangster Bloods leader Gordon Evans, and was nominated for a separate award, along with members of the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) drug task force, for his role as the lead prosecutor in a lengthy wiretap investigation targeting an Atlanta-based cell of the notorious Cartel De Jalisco Nueva Generacion, better known as CJNG.

“Mike is one of the most effective criminal street gang and drug trafficking prosecutors in the state, known for his expertise handling complex cases against dangerous individuals," Peelersaid. “We are working tirelessly alongside our law enforcement partners to crack down on violent gang and drug activity across the Middle District. Mike strengthens this effort, and we are extremely pleased to have him on our team."

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