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DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ funded by drug cartels, report says

The Independent logo The Independent 2015-03-26 Payton Guion

US Drug Enforcement Administration agents working abroad took part in “sex parties” with prostitutes that were funded by the drug cartels they were meant to be battling, according to a Justice Department report.

The agents denied knowing that the prostitutes were supplied by the cartels, but the department determined that “case files suggest they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds”.

The report found that the alleged activity happened over a number of years and that, in addition to the so-called sex parties, the agents also were provided money, gifts and weapons from cartel members.

The parties allegedly took place at the leased living quarters provided to the agents, meaning that laptops, phones and other devices that contained sensitive state materials could have been compromised.

At one specific “sex party” two DEA agents allegedly solicited prostitutes for a party bidding farewell to a senior DEA agent, the report said, adding that this party likely was paid for by operational funds.

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The report also included investigation into the US Marshals, the FBI and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau.

One FBI supervisor allegedly would show the outline of his genitals to his reporting agents by tightening his pants, the report said. It was three years before that behaviour was report to a superior.

The Justice Department said that, as a result of the report, it is working with the different agencies to promote a zero-tolerance police on sexual harassment and to ensure incidents are reported properly.

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