James C. Modzelewski assumed responsibility as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on October 5, 2014. He directs ATF operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries to protect against crime, violence, and other threats to public safety.
Most recently, SAC Modzelewski served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the Seattle Field Division of ATF, overseeing criminal enforcement offices in Washington, Hawaii and Guam. SAC Modzelewski was also stationed as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the criminal enforcement offices in Wilmington, NC and Columbia, SC. Additionally, he served as a Project Officer and Program Manager in the Special Operations Division and the State & Local Training Division in ATF Headquarters, Washington, D.C. SAC Modzelewski began his career with ATF in 1991, as a Special Agent in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Prior to joining ATF, SAC Modzelewski served as a South Carolina State Trooper from 1989 to 1991. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.