An internal government report has revealed that at least 10 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents attended sex parties, prostitutes included, paid for by the very drug cartels they were ostensibly fighting, USA Today is reporting.
In addition, some of the agents — all in supervisory roles — received money, weapons, and “expensive gifts” from members of the cartels.
“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds.”
The report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) did not name the specific country in which the alleged sex parties took place, but The Washington Post reports that a source familiar with the investigation reveals that the misconduct took place in Columbia.
“Most of the sex parties occurred in government-leased quarters where agents’ laptops, BlackBerry devices and other government issued equipment were present… potentially exposing them to extortion, blackmail or coercion.”
The damning report comes amid a larger investigation of several government agencies, including Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service. The investigation follows a prostitution scandal in which several Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Columbia, in town while President Obama was on a diplomatic mission, allegedly had sex with prostitutes.
The agents involved in the sex parties all received suspensions of between two and 10 days.
That’s not good enough for Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who calls the report “truly stunning.”
“Let there be no mistake, this is a national security threat. We need to hold them accountable, and given the clear evidence in the OIG report, they should be fired immediately.”
Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush says that sex parties, and other sexual misconduct, won’t be tolerated by government officials overseas in the future.
“The Department is already working with the law enforcement components to ensure a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and misconduct is enforced and that incidents are properly reported. The department is also committed to ensuring the proper preservation and disclosure of electronic communications, including text messages and images.”
As of this post, none of the DEA agents who attended cartel-funded sex parties have been publicly named.
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