DEA Agents Accused Of Sex Parties With Hookers Hired By Drug Cartels
Numerous agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allegedly had sex with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia.
According to Politico, the encounters took place at the DEA's Colombia office in between 2005 and 2008.
Some of the agents were additionally provided money, weapons and unspecified extravagant gifts from the cartel.
These revelations are the result of an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general regarding allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct committed by members of the DEA, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the US Marshals Service.
The IG report says,
The foreign officer allegedly arranged 'sex parties' with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years.
Ten DEA agents have confessed to partaking in such activities, but only a few of them have been punished and their discipline amounted to suspensions ranging from two to 10 days.
The report also says the DEA did not cooperate with the Justice Department's investigation and that other federal agencies knew about the sex parties, but did not report them.
An anonymous source eventually alerted the DEA's Office of Professional Responsibility of the parties in 2010.
Some of the agents denied knowing the prostitutes were hired by cartels, according to the Huffington Post, but the report insinuates this was made considerably clear to them.
The report also mentions,
The misconduct occurred for several years while these special agents held Top Secret clearances... raising the possibility that DEA equipment and information also may have been compromised as a result of the agents' conduct.
Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes the agents involved should be fired.
The Utah Republican told Politico,
There should be no question about the severity of the punishment. I don't care how senior the person is, they are going to have to let these people go.
Hearings for the agents are expected to take place in the coming weeks.
The Secret Service is currently being investigated for hiring prostitutes in Colombia as well.