The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) is an independent agency set up under a plan designed by New York City's five District Attorneys, who appoint the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and provide Assistant District Attorneys hired by their own offices to serve as prosecutors in the agency. SNP is responsible for prosecuting and investigating felony narcotics cases in all of the five boroughs of the City.
Founded in 1971, it is the only independent prosecutorial agency in the United States dedicated solely to narcotics enforcement. Originally created in response to a heroin epidemic and spike in violent crime, SNP was granted broad authority under New York State Judiciary Laws to target local narcotics organizations and track offenders across traditional jurisdictional boundaries. The office was also in the forefront during the crack cocaine crisis of the 1980s and 1990s.
For more information, please visit the SNP website.