Bush-Era Drug Enforcement Agents Held Sex Parties Funded by Colombian Drug Cartels

Saturday, March 28, 2015
(photo: Eric Kayne, Getty Images)

Colombia appears to be a popular spot for R&R among federal law enforcement agents. In 2012, Secret Service agents were found to have employed prostitutes in Cartagena while advancing a trip by President Barack Obama. Now an investigation has shown that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents had parties with prostitutes in Colombia during the last half of the George W. Bush administration.


According to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, DEA agents participated in “sex parties”—in which the prostitutes were hired by Colombian drug cartels—from 2005 to 2008. The agents were also found to have allowed Colombian police officers to watch over their weapons and property during the parties.


“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. A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report said. “The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs [special agents] in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”


The scandal involved 10 DEA agents, some of whom received suspensions of two to 10 days.


The IG’s report also noted that the DEA didn’t fully cooperate with the investigation. “We were also concerned by an apparent decision by DEA to withhold information regarding a particular open misconduct case,” the report states. “The OIG [Office of Inspector General] was not given access to this case file information until several months after our request, and only after the misconduct case was closed. Once we became aware of the information, we interviewed DEA employees who said that they were given the impression that they were not to discuss this case with the OIG while the case remained open.”


DEA supervisors had been aware of the misconduct for some time because they’d received complaints from the management of the Bogotá building where the parties were taking place, according to Politico.


House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has said he’ll begin hearings on the revelations. “We have to understand issue by issue what is happening. We need to understand how these people are being held accountable. There should be no question about the severity of the punishment,” Chaffetz said. “I don’t care how senior the person is, they are going to have to let these people go.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

DEA Agents Had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes, Watchdog Says (by John Bresnahan and Lauren French, Politico)

Report: DEA Agents Had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Hired by Drug Cartels (by Sari Horwitz and Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post)

The Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations by the Department’s Law Enforcement Components (Department of Justice, inspector general)


TOPDOG1 9 years ago
The D.E.A. and F.D.A. have become the U.S. equivalent of Gestapo S.S.. The D.E.A. was a bad idea to start with and has only gotten worse ever sense. States are able to do their job. They don't need the D.E.A. I don't need the D.E.A. You don't need the D.E.A. .Nobody needs the D.E.A. They are misappropriating and commandeering billions of dollars of public funds that America can no longer justify..Their funding needs to be cut by,at least, ninety-five percent and all need to be restructured to a much smaller and much more restrained gang of Authoritarian sociopaths.. This is a group of renegade law enforcement completely out-of-control .and way over-the-top.They are using the war on drugs as a smokescreen and a ruse to subvert our Civil and Human rights and increasingly more as a ruse to seize cash and property in their war on the American people.Also, through gross incompetence, have made it nearly impossible for a pain sufferer to get treatment without being thrown in jail. It's not about drugs anymore.. The .D.E.A. obviously could not care less about your pain.. That is one problem with Authoritarian sociopaths they lack that part that makes them human. The drug programs are fine in and of themselves, an advisory or educational however the Authoritarian have seized them and are using them as a power and political platform.to totally tyrannize and dominate this society.Their mismanagement and unwise misuse of their responsibility has nearly, completely destroyed the science and research of anything they don't approve of. If society is to survive these people must go. The drug war is just a ruse. Other country's that allow easy access to pain medication do not have a drug problem. It is these government villains here who are orchestrating this farce.

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