Saturday, November 25, 2017

Government inquiry links DEA agent to prostitute scandal

RECOMMENDED READING


WASHINGTON — A Drug Enforcement Administration agent arranged to hire a prostitute for a Secret Service agent in Colombia in advance of a presidential visit last year, according to a Justice Department report made public Thursday.

The DEA agent stationed in Cartagena, Colombia, arranged for a prostitute to give a visiting Secret Service supervisory special agent a massage at the DEA agent's residence, a one-page summary of the Justice Department investigation stated.

The pair later had a sexual encounter and the drug agent arranged to pay the woman, the summary stated. The Justice Department's inspector general produced the summary, which was dated Dec. 20.

The Justice Department inquiry was part of a broad investigation into the hiring of prostitutes by Secret Service employees who were visiting Colombia last year in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival for a South American summit.

An investigation by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that 13 Secret Service employees had "personal encounters with female Colombian nationals," some of whom were prostitutes, while they were in Cartagena.

According the Justice Department, three DEA agents were initially at the Cartagena residence the night the prostitute was hired, though one agent left before the sexual encounter.

Investigators found the agents deleted data from their government-issued BlackBerrys amid the DOJ inquiry. The trio later admitted they had "paid for sexual services and used their DEA BlackBerry devices to arrange such activities," the summary said.

A DEA spokesman said the matter is under review by the Board of Professional Conduct.

Comments
Survivors offer horrific accounts of Egypt's mosque attack

Survivors offer horrific accounts of Egypt's mosque attack

Survivors offer horrific accounts of attack on Egyptian mosque in Sinai that killed 325 people
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Zimbabwe judge says military action against Mugabe was legal

Zimbabwe judge says military action against Mugabe was legal

Zimbabwe High Court judge says military action against Mugabe legal, Mnangagwa's firing wasn't
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke

Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke

S.S.P. Chawrasia shot a 1-under 69 in the third round for a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open
Updated: 1 hour ago

Police: Bomb kills 4, wounds 19 in southwest Pakistan

Pakistani police say bomb explodes in Quetta, killing at least four people and wounding 19 others
Updated: 1 hour ago
Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

Nic Shimonek came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech rallied to beat Texas 27-23 Friday night and earn a victory that could save coach Kliff Kingsbury's job
Updated: 1 hour ago

Friday's Scores

Friday's Scores
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Latest: Egypt's president orders mausoleum construction

The Latest: Egypt's president orders mausoleum construction

Egyptian president orders construction of mausoleum in memory of 235 people killed by Islamic militants inside mosque in Sinai
Updated: 1 hour ago

Friday's Sports in Brief

Friday's Sports in Brief
Updated: 2 hours ago
UK police seek to question 2 men over Oxford Circus panic

UK police seek to question 2 men over Oxford Circus panic

UK police are seeking to question two men who may have sparked a panic when they had an altercation on a busy Oxford Circus subway platform
Updated: 2 hours ago
No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT

No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT

Jalen Hudson had a career-high with 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime at the PK80 Invitational
Updated: 2 hours ago