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,
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,
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,
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.