DEA Probed in Colombia; Senator Cites “Troubling Culture” Among Agents


The Justice Department inspector general is investigating possible misconduct by two or more Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Colombia unrelated to the Secret Service incident with prostitutes, the Associated Press reports. The probe began based on information provided by the Secret Service, DEA said.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said, “It’s disturbing that we may be uncovering a troubling culture that spans more than one law enforcement agency,” she said. “In addition to the Secret Service scandal, we now learn that at least two DEA agents apparently entertained female foreign national masseuses in the Cartagena apartment of one of the agents. The evidence uncovered thus far indicates that this likely was not just a one-time incident.” The DEA has permanent offices in Colombia.

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