DEA Agents Reportedly Had Sex Parties With Cartel-Supplied Prostitutes

By McCarton Ackerman 03/30/15

Agents also received guns, money, and other gifts from the cartels.

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A new report released by the Justice Department’s watchdog has painted the Drug Enforcement Administration in a highly unflattering light, alleging that several agents had overseas sex parties with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels.

The 131-page report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz comes from an investigation launched in response to congressional inquiries following the 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia.

A law enforcement official close to the matter suggested that the DEA-filled sex parties also took place in Colombia, but the report didn’t mention a specific province. Former police officers in Colombia also claim that three DEA supervisory special agents received gifts, weapons, and cash from drug cartel members.

The sex parties also reportedly took place at an agent’s “quarters” leased by the U.S. Government. Seven of the 10 agents alleged to have been part of the gatherings admitted to attending them. They all received suspensions of two to 10 days, but kept their jobs.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has since called on the Justice Department to make a zero-tolerance policy for DEA employees who purchase sex and “thereby contribute to the demand for the human sex trade.”

Horowitz stated in the report that the agents “should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds.” He also slammed the DEA and FBI for not providing relevant information in a timely manner, which “significantly impacted and unnecessarily delayed” the investigation.

The DEA also recently came under fire earlier this year for questionable behavior by some of their agents. Sondra Arquiett, a convicted drug dealer, received a $134,000 settlement after the agency created a bogus Facebook profile under her name in the hopes of obtaining incriminating information from her friends. Facebook’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, also sent a formal letter to the agency, ordering them to follow the same rules as civilian users when it comes to being truthful about identity.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.