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March 26, 2015

Sex, drugs and . . . the real reason the DEA is so eager to preserve the drug war?

This new ABC News report on the details emerging from a DOJ audit of the DEA provides examples of the latest variation on the sort of public corruption that has long been endemic to most prohibition regimes.  The piece is headlined "DEA 'Sex Parties' Funded by Drug Cartels, IG Report Says," and here are excerpts: 

Senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents working overseas allegedly participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by drug cartels, according to a newly-released Department of Justice Inspector General report on the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by law enforcement agencies.

The conduct occurred over a period of years, according to the report.  In addition to soliciting prostitutes, the foreign officers interviewed for the report allege three DEA supervisory special agents were “provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members."

Some DEA agents who participated in the parties denied knowing about cartel involvement, but the IG report says “information in the case files suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds.”

The sex parties occurred in government leased living quarters where “agents’ laptops, BlackBerry devices and other government-issued equipment were present,” posing a security risk and “potentially exposing them to extortion, blackmail, or coercion.” In another instance, two DEA special agents allegedly solicited prostitutes for a farewell party for a senior DEA official.

That official, an acting assistant regional director, allegedly had “sexual relations with prostitutes” and there were “allegations operational funds were used to pay for the party and the prostitutes,” according to the report. The report also alleges that one prostitute was assaulted by someone associated with DEA supervisors following a payment dispute. The report was critical of DEA’s treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct, often dealing with incidents as local management issues and not reporting information up the chain of command.

I sincerely hope that this ugly report of ugly DEA activities and corruption concerns only a few bad apples, and I am confident it is not representative of the behavior of the vast majority of DEA officials and agents. Nevertheless, stories like this one reinforce my fear that at least some drug warriors are not too concerned about casualties in the war on drugs because they themselves often end up as beneficiaries of all the warfare.

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In the ral world, and you expose your laptop and/or info contained to such risk.

You have just joined the umemployed and no references.

Seems close enough for govt work though.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Mar 27, 2015 5:34:34 PM

Well, civil forfeiture has provided a lot of funding for governments even though in many cases there was no conviction and lack of rights and hearings before the act. Similar to prisons, dea means jobs for many folks, not just agents, but prosecutors, both public and private defenders since one has to prosecute and defend. Money for police departments is at stake, the folks also interpreting and enforcing laws and state agencies who are not doing field work, additional attorneys for advisory opinions, also drug teachers about over-hyped dangers of certain drugs, even big pharma who's drugs are no better and even worse then some "banned drugs" although its more so the FDA which is also at fault.

Posted by: Alex | Mar 30, 2015 1:15:04 AM

As to heroin users: give them huge amounts and maybe they will overdose. All the rest: meth, oxycotton, doctor prescribed, etc encourage them to leave the doctor, and stop the meth. Pot: not so bad. Tobacco: outlaw it. Tobacco is worse than any of the rest.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Mar 31, 2015 6:17:43 PM

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