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