Drug Dealers Released From Prison After FBI Agent Suspended
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Several drug dealers may be getting off scot-free thanks to the alleged misconduct of one FBI agent involved in their case.
Four convicts, who were arrested during a 2013 drug sting, which yielded 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin, were behind bars and serving out their sentences when the FBI launched an investigation into one FBI agent last September. The convicts were subsequently set free, but their charges have yet to be dropped.
An attorney for one of the convicts said his client, who was serving seven years, called from prison after noticing other co-defendants were being released. The FBI will continue to withhold many of the details surrounding the case until the investigation has been resolved. Little was disclosed in Friday’s statement, including the nature of the agent's alleged misconduct.
“During the week of Sept. 29, 2014, the Washington Field Office became aware of possible misconduct by a Special Agent,” according to the statement. “The Field Office took immediate steps to address the incident, to include notification to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The misconduct has been referred to the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General. Due to the ongoing investigation, we must decline further comment.”
The agent involved has been suspended indefinitely, and the convictions against the four men will remain in place until the investigation is closed or a court vacates the convictions.