A new report from internal investigators at the Justice Department found that officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration routinely ignored evidence of sexual misconduct by agents on foreign deployments, even though serious security questions were sometimes raised.
“We were particularly troubled by multiple allegations involving several DEA special agents participating in “sex parties” with prostitutes while working in an overseas office,” read a report from the Inspector General of the Justice Department.
Those parties were allegedly funded by the drug cartels that DEA agents were supposed to be monitoring.
“The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members,” the report stated.
The full report can be found here.
The review found in one case, a number of agents were disciplined for attending parties with prostitutes, receiving suspensions ranging from two to ten days.
Foot dragging by DEA and FBI
The internal review also raised red flags about the cooperation – or lack thereof – by the DEA and FBI, which initially refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The report described significant delays, as DEA and FBI withheld information.
“Therefore, we cannot be completely confident that the FBI and DEA provided us with all information relevant to this review,” the report states.