Mark Ibrahim, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested Tuesday on felony charges in what are believed to be the first charges filed against a federal law enforcement official involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, reports The Hill. Ibrahim is accused of entering restricted grounds around the Capitol, possessing a firearm while there and lying to investigators. Unsealed court records contain photographs in which Ibrahim can be seen displaying his DEA badge and government-issued firearm, posing on a statue and walking along restricted grounds shortly after the barricades were breached. He has not been accused of entering the Capitol.
Ibrahim is alleged to have sent photographs and videos of himself on the Capitol grounds to a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers. A Justice Department official said in a court filing that Ibrahim crafted a phony narrative in which he falsely claimed that his participation in the Jan. 6 event was part of an effort to assist the FBI. Darren Richie, an attorney for Ibrahim, said his client “at all times remained peaceful and docile” and “played no role in any riot.”