Details have come to light regarding the misconduct of multiple DEA agents over the course of several years. A recent Justice Department review revealed that Drug Enforcement Administration agents serving in Colombia repeatedly attended sex parties held at official DEA locations. The parties included prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.
According to the report:
"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."
Agents were also accused of having sex with prostitutes and attending brothels on other occasions. One agent allegedly assaulted a prostitute. Additional details in the report stated that three of the ten agents involved were "provided money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members.''
The review also found that DEA supervisors failed to properly address multiple complaints against agents between 2005-2008. The DEA's Office of Security Programs was ultimately made aware of the misconduct in 2010 by means of an anonymous letter.
The report's four-year review ending in 2012 concluded that the DEA was involved in nineteen of twenty-six sexual misconduct cases involving federal agents.
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