DEA agents at­tended drug car­tel sex par­ties in Colom­bia, Jus­tice Dept. probe claims

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Adam Edel­man NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents par­took in wild sex par­ties with hook­ers hired by Colom­bian drug car­tels, a bomb­shell re­port re­leased Thurs­day by the Jus­tice Depart­ment claims.

The re­port, pub­lished by the depart­ment’s Of­fice of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral, re­veals a cul­ture of wide­spread and ex­treme sex­ual mis­con­duct across sev­eral fed­eral agen­cies as well as per­sis­tent re­sis­tance to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions cre­ated to un­earth it.

Among the most shock­ing of the re­port’s dozens of al­le­ga­tions is the in­ci­dence of “‘sex par­ties’ with pros­ti­tutes funded by the lo­cal drug car­tels for DEA agents at their gov­ern­ment-leased quar­ters, over a pe­riod of sev­eral years.” “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,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors wrote of the par­ties. “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.”

Dur­ing the par­ties, which re­port­edly oc­curred be­tween 2005 and 2008, agents al­legedly paid Colom­bian po­lice of­fi­cers to pro­vide se­cu­rity and “pro­tec­tion for the DEA agents’ weapons and prop­erty,” the re­port claimed.

That pro­tec­tion, how­ever, didn’t al­le­vi­ate se­ri­ous “se­cu­rity risks” posed by the romps, where, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, hook­ers were con­stantly around sen­si­tive gov­ern­ment com­put­ers and de­vices, in­clud­ing “agents’ lap­tops, Black­Berry de­vices, and other gov­ern­ment-is­sued equip­ment.”

Colom­bia is also the lo­ca­tion where sev­eral Se­cret Ser­vice per­son­nel were caught in a sep­a­rate pros­ti­tu­tion scan­dal in April 2012.

The re­port, part of a larger in­ves­ti­ga­tion of how the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s var­i­ous law-en­force­ment agen­cies re­spond to sex­ual ha­rass­ment and mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions, didn’t name any of the agents in­volved, but claimed that 10 of them had ad­mit­ted to at­tend­ing the bashes and had been pun­ished with mod­est sus­pen­sions rang­ing from two to 10 days.

The re­view also un­earthed sev­eral ad­di­tional in­ci­dents of sex­ual mis­con­duct across many other agen­cies — such as the FBI, the Mar­shals Ser­vice and the Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives (ATF) — in­clud­ing more ren­dezvous with pros­ti­tutes in other coun­tries, at least one phys­i­cal as­sault of a hooker over a pay­ment dis­agree­ment and sev­eral in­ci­dents of dis­turb­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The re­port also dis­closed a 2009 in­ci­dent where an ATF manager “so­licited con­sen­sual sex with anony­mous part­ners and mod­i­fied a ho­tel room door to fa­cil­i­tate sex­ual play.”

The in­di­vid­ual “re­moved smoke de­tec­tors from the ho­tel room and in­ad­ver­tently caused dam­age to the ho­tel’s cen­tral­ized fire de­tec­tion sys­tem,” the re­port stated. When lo­cal cops were fi­nally called, the per­son “ad­mit­ted the con­duct and told lo­cal po­lice this type of con­duct was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent for him and had oc­curred in the past.” In a sep­a­rate case, the re­view found ev­i­dence that a dif­fer­ent ATF manager “failed to re­port al­le­ga­tions that two train­ing in­struc­tors were hav­ing con­sen­sual sex with their stu­dents.”

“The same in­struc­tors had en­gaged in sub­stan­tially the same ac­tiv­i­ties 3 years ear­lier but had merely coun­seled the train­ing in­struc­tors with­out re­port­ing the al­leged ac­tiv­i­ties,” to the ap­pro­pri­ate In­ter­nal Af­fairs per­son­nel, the re­port claimed.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the DEA, the ATF and the FBI did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment on the re­port.

A pros­ti­tute poses dur­ing an in­ter­view in Carta­gena in 2012. The Jus­tice Depart­ment re­port un­earthed many in­ci­dents where gov­ern­ment agen­cies did not prop­erly re­port in­ci­dents of sex­ual mis­con­duct, many

of which hap­pened in the com­pany of pros­ti­tutes.

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