The top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Cleveland has been placed on limited duty amid allegations that he searched a law enforcement database for personal use, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Reginald Cheney, 47, has led the office since 2001, producing major heroin and cocaine arrests with a small office of nine agents. This week, the office has been in turmoil, sources said.
Federal authorities said Cheney is accused of using the database to look up information on women, including license-plate numbers. The investigation stems from a formal complaint made to DEA officials by an unidentified woman. News of the investigation prompted one federal official to lecture his agents about the misuse of the law-enforcement computer system, a treasure trove of information for police and agents.