James Roche Recognized as AZNOA Prosecutor of the Year

James Roche Recognized as AZNOA Prosecutor of the Year

The Drug Enforcement Bureau (DEB) is one of the largest, busiest bureaus at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The dangerous cases these 14 specially-trained prosecutors handle include the sale, production and transport of drugs through Maricopa County, trafficking cases, large-scale drug and wire cases, homicides, robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes.

Recently, the Arizona Narcotic Officers Association (ANOA) recognized one of these DEB prosecutors, James Roche, as “Arizona Narcotic Officers Association Prosecutor of the Year.” James has been a prosecutor with MCAO for more than 7 years and in that time has demonstrated tremendous dedication and teamwork with investigators. His Bureau Chief Jeff Beaver proudly reports, “During the course of two detailed investigations this year, James’ outstanding work helped lead to the team to achieving large seizures of drugs, money and other racketeering proceeds.”

James and the team took pride in working efficiently to process the wiretap affidavits through the court system while also ensuring that the content was of high-quality. Barbara Marshall, Organized Crime Division Chief agrees, “James’ work, as well as that of the entire Drug Enforcement Bureau, is instrumental in holding drug traffickers accountable and helping to stem the tide of illegal dangerous and narcotic drugs entering Arizona. Congratulations James.”

As a prosecutor, James has found that wiretap cases have been his most rewarding work at MCAO, “I enjoy working as a team with law enforcement, said James. “Wiretaps are not for everyone as these investigations are typically very lengthy, legally complex and intellectually challenging.” Serving as the lead prosecutor on a wiretap investigation also demands a strong partnership with law enforcement, superior communication and organizational skills, and the ability to thrive in a time sensitive environment. “I am grateful to be able to work with a great group of police officers who are committed to building a thorough investigation in order to bring drug traffickers to justice,” James added. “Their hard work makes my job easy.”

For more than 30 years, ANOA has worked to educate the public and other law enforcement officers about the dangers of drug and narcotic abuse. ANOA establishes narcotic and drug enforcement training for law enforcement officers and promotes cooperation and collaboration between narcotic officers, their agencies, private industry and the public.