Feds: DEA Agents Went to Colombia Sex Parties

Report slams handling of sexual misconduct at multiple agencies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Minkey
Posted Mar 27, 2015 3:53 AM CDT
Feds: DEA Agents Went to Colombia Sex Parties
People walk past Hotel El Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia.   (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

The DEA was pretty relaxed about allegations that its agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, according to a Justice Department report on sexual harassment and misconduct at federal agencies. The report says the parties—which an official tells the AP took place in Colombia—allegedly happened in government-leased residences where agents' computers were present, but DEA internal investigators did not believe the "conduct rose to the level of a security risk requiring a referral," and seven agents who admitted taking part in the parties only received suspensions of two to 10 days. The DEA allegations first surfaced in 2012 in the wake of the Secret Service sex scandal.

"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 report, which also states that Colombian police officers alleged senior DEA agents received gifts, including cash and weapons, from cartels, the Washington Post reports. The full report on sexual misconduct at federal agencies—including the FBI and DEA—says allegations of misconduct are often mishandled or unreported, and the agencies repeatedly denied requests for information, meaning investigators "cannot be completely confident" they got the full story, reports the AP. (More Drug Enforcement Administration stories.)

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