Public corruption cases got the headlines, but they were a small percentage of the work.
A year-end review of casework at the Eastern District U.S. attorney's office based in Raleigh shows that white-collar crime and drugs were the biggest focuses.
Here's a breakdown:
20 percent: White-collar crime such as bank, securities and stock fraud
19 percent: Organized drug crimes
11 percent: Project Safe Neighborhoods, which focuses on felons possessing firearms
3 percent: Project Safe Childhood, which focuses on child exploitation
3 percent: Public corruption
U.S. Attorney George Holding told Dome that the bulk of the corruption work last year was spent on cases involving the sheriffs of Brunswick and Robeson counties.