DEA agents used drug cartel prostitutes at the sex parties they sponsored. Just the kind of people we want working in law enforcement.
It is not hard to find stories that allege that the Drug Enforcement Administration is in bed with one or more of the drug cartels in South America or Mexico. It now turns out that the allegations are more literally true. If drug cartel prostitutes can be considered the proxies for their employer, then we have a situation where DEA agents were quite literally in bed with the cartels.
Thus, the Washington Post headline, “Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels.”
Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.
The report did not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.
Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at an agent’s “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. The agents, some of whom had top-secret security clearances, received suspensions of two to 10 days.
Former police officers in Colombia also alleged that three DEA supervisory special agents were provided with money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members, according to the report.
“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,” according to the 131-page report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
Of course, this is helpful because we wouldn’t want our DEA agents to be morally out of step with, say, some of our FBI agents who were using official government phones for sexting and engaging in other unethical behavior. And we wouldn’t want to hold them to higher moral expectations than we use for EPA employees or other federal workers generally.