3 DEA Agents Investigated In Colombian Prostitution Scandal After Secret Service Outs Them.Three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was established in 1973 by President richard m. nixon as part of the Justice Department, thus uniting a number of federal drug agencies that had often worked at cross-purposes. agents are under investigation for misconduct for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, according to according to
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The Justice Department Inspector General's Office is investigating the alleged misconduct, which is not said to be related to the Secret Service scandal last month in Colombia. The information that led to the investigation came from Secret Service agents themselves.
A dozen Secret Service agents were implicated in that (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/338044/20120507/secret-service-prostitute-dania-suarez-colombia-photos.htm) prostitution scandal and several have been fired or have retired as a result. The Secret Service incident happened ahead of President Barack Obama's visit for the Summit of the Americas The Summit of the Americas is the name for one of a sequence of summits bringing together the countries of the Americas for discussion of a variety of issues. These encounters are organized by a number of multilateral bodies led by the Organization of American States. meeting.
A dozen military personnel are also being investigated for that incident.
Reports are that the incident involving the DEA occurred around the same time the Secret Service agents were in Colombia. The DEA told the (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dea-agents-probed-based-on-information-from-secret-service-investigation/2012/05/21/gIQA2IpigU_story.html) Associated Press that information gleaned from the Secret Service sparked the probe into its agency.
Sources familiar with the investigation told (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-57438640-10391695/dea-agents-under-investigation-for-hiring-prostitutes/) CBS News that the allegations were brought against the DEA by a Secret Service agent questioned by investigators.
"DEA takes allegations of misconduct very seriously and will take appropriate personnel action, if warranted, upon the conclusion of the [Office of Inspector General Noun 1. Office of Inspector General - the investigative arm of the Federal Trade Commission
independent agency - an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments ] investigation," DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said in a statement.
Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, told (http://www.cnbc.com/id/47513470) Reuters in a statement that female foreign national masseuses were apparently entertained in one of the agents' apartments in Cartagena.
Collins was informed of the incident on May 4, but she didn't comment until the employees were removed from the country and questioned.
"It's disturbing that we may be uncovering a troubling culture that spans more than one law enforcement agency Noun 1. law enforcement agency - an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws
FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation - a federal law enforcement agency that is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Justice ," said Collins. "The evidence uncovered thus far indicates that this likely was not just a one-time incident."
The DEA has permanent offices in Colombia. Prostitution is legal in that country.