DEA agents caught in Colombian prostitution scandal punished with… bonuses

posted at 6:01 pm on October 24, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

This is a story that took place early in the year, so with all the water that’s passed under the bridge since then it might call for a quick refresher course. Do you remember these DEA agents who were working to foil the cartels in Colombia?

Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.

The report did not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.

Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at an agent’s “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. The agents, some of whom had top-secret security clearances, received suspensions of two to 10 days.

Yeah… whatever happened to those guys? That line about the suspensions must have been referring to the initial investigation, or so I assume. I mean, they’re Drug Enforcement Agency officers. If they’ve been caught having sex parties with hookers sent over by the cocaine cartel lords it’s hard to even imagine what happens next. I don’t know if you can send them to jail for it, but they’re clearly going to have to hit the bricks. Well, with luck they might have gotten their lives straightened out and found new jobs in the private sector.

Oh, wait. That’s right… they work for the government. (Washington Post)

Federal drug enforcement agents got bonuses worth thousands of dollars while they were investigated and disciplined for allegedly attending sex parties with prostitutes in Columbia, according to a new probe into the scandal.

In a report issued Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the bonus issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration violated an agency policy prohibiting employees from receiving promotions, awards or other favorable personnel actions for three years after discipline for significant misconduct, or while misconduct is investigated.

The awards ranged from $1,500 to $32,000, with the high end going to senior executives disciplined for their role in the scandal.

There were fourteen agents involved. Of the fourteen, zero were fired. The majority of them (that would be eight) received bonuses. Some of the bonuses were more than the cost of a brand new 2016 Dodge Ram 1500.

How many of these watchdog stories do we have to hear? Nobody was fired at the IRS, including Lois Lerner, and nobody will face any charges. Nobody was fired at the Veterans Administration. Nobody was fired at the hilariously named Environmental Protection Agency and they poisoned the water supply in three states. Nobody was fired at the BATF three years after Brian Terry was murdered and those guys probably sold some of the guns to the same people who supplied the hookers for the DEA sex parties. And every time someone has the impertinence to ask why nobody gets fired the answer is pretty much the same, just as it was with the BATF.

[ATF Director B. Todd] Jones said the agency followed civil service due process rules. He also admitted he delegated the decision to his deputy director.

“Is it fair to say your number two made the call?” Issa asked. “That’s fair to say,” Jones replied.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also challenged Jones. “Is it safe to report … Fast and Furious was fatally flawed?” he asked.

“That’s why I’m here,” Jones told the committee. “It was a lack of oversight and leadership failure.”

Look… we get it. You can’t fire anyone even if they essentially get one of our own people killed, so the bar is set pretty low for everyone else. But at a bare minimum do you think you could hold off on giving them huge bonuses for a while? I mean… just for the appearance of things?

Of course, that’s probably asking too much.


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Why worry, it’s not their money?

Walter L. Newton on October 24, 2015 at 6:06 PM

[ATF Director B. Todd] Jones said the agency followed civil service due process rules.

…Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

JugEarsButtHurt on October 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM

But without government, who would ______?

iwasbornwithit on October 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Let me get this straight…

1. Work for the govt. as a DEA agent.

2. Get free “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by the drug cartels you’re supposed to be investigating /arresting.

3. Get caught doing so.

4. Keep your job

5. Get bonuses.

….nd what are our representatives doing about these rogue agencies..from the IRS to the DEA to the DOJ..etc…

Not a damn thing..but they want you to keep voting them back in office.

celt on October 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Between this and the lack of prosecutions at the IRS, it’s funny. These leftists who believe in big government are actually doing their best to destroy any respect for, and credibility in big government.

rbj on October 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Meanwhile in the private sector:

“Company profits are in the billions. DOUBLE-DIGIT billions! However, Mr. Jeddite, there is no room in the budget for a cost of living increase, but you DO get a 2% ‘merit’ increase. Lucky you!”

Jedditelol on October 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Jedditelol on October 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

yep been there the last three years..

dougmva on October 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Yet, let me ‘overbill’ a level 3 instead of a level 2 office visit on a patient once, and its a Federal offense.
Got it.

orangemtl on October 24, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Evidently GOP leadership is perfectly okay with this.

Mr. Arrogant on October 24, 2015 at 6:39 PM

what are our representatives doing about these rogue agencies..from the IRS to the DEA to the DOJ..etc…

I think you answered your own question.

Jazz Shaw on October 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

what are our representatives doing about these rogue agencies..from the IRS to the DEA to the DOJ..etc…

The only thing we can do is go rogue ourselves.

SpongePuppy on October 24, 2015 at 6:53 PM

But please, let’s continue the war on drugs.

The DEA is a joke.

BocaJuniors on October 24, 2015 at 6:55 PM

The law is for thee, not for me.
Keep believing in the system, though.

usmc594ever on October 24, 2015 at 6:59 PM

…black lives matter …is going to be very upset!

JugEarsButtHurt on October 24, 2015 at 7:01 PM

O/T: 3 dead and 34 injured at tragic OK State homecoming parade.

Time for the government to step up and do something about all the death and destruction people cause with these horrible guns.

Oops I mean cars.

The Schaef on October 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Brings back bad memories of Lon Horiuchi …

ShainS on October 24, 2015 at 7:21 PM

White privilege

faraway on October 24, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Kinda cool if we had a POTUS who was experienced in saying

YOUR FIRED

I don’t have anyone in particular in mind. Just thinking out loud

kurtzz3 on October 24, 2015 at 7:31 PM

These leftists who believe in big government are actually doing their best to destroy any respect for, and credibility in big government.

rbj on October 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Like the old Mafia saying goes..”Its better to be feared than respected.”

Mimzey on October 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

The only thing we can do is go rogue ourselves.

SpongePuppy on October 24, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Time for me to face the Music… No…Its literally time for me to face the music, I am scheduled to be in the Studio in 15 minuets. <—- Insert evil Jazz Shaw laughter here…

oscarwilde on October 24, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Long as we get that Ex-im bank back up and runnin, comprehensive immigration, debt limit busted, pork laden highway bill, and numerous other ways to spit roast us, things are great.

arnold ziffel on October 24, 2015 at 7:48 PM

…I am scheduled to be in the Studio in 15 minuets. <—- Insert evil Jazz Shaw laughter here…

oscarwilde on October 24, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Well, hell! If you’ve got time to dance 15 minuets, then you certainly have time to sit around and laugh at the government for a while. :p

Minutes! Minutes, you old fart! :-)

Solaratov on October 24, 2015 at 7:58 PM

What we’ve got is a corrupt and dishonest federal government. And the media wonders why we favor outsiders.

grumpyank on October 24, 2015 at 8:50 PM

They got bonuses because their level of competence and integrity vastly exceeds the standards set by the President (and he set those by personal example).

AUINSC on October 24, 2015 at 9:23 PM

only in America…sadlyc

jaywemm on October 24, 2015 at 9:41 PM

A constitutional amendment to outlaw ALL government labor unions and contracts would eliminate all this mess in very little time.

Let’s get it done!

kh6zv9 on October 24, 2015 at 10:03 PM

They are law enforcement so that are heroes no matter what.

OU812 on October 24, 2015 at 11:21 PM

God we need a president to get in there and clean house!!

Sherman1864 on October 24, 2015 at 11:50 PM

But remember the real scandal that deserves punishment according to the demarxists is being against “government”. Believe me. If they can get this going they won’t hesitate to punish violators.

yhxqqsn on October 24, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also challenged Jones. “Is it safe to report … Fast and Furious was fatally flawed?” he asked.

“That’s why I’m here,” Jones told the committee. “It was a lack of oversight and leadership failure.”

I guess that’s one way to put it without explicitly lying. Fatally flawed on purpose and failure of leadership to capitalize on the scandal to pass gun confiscation laws. Of course they gave them bonuses. How else are they going to get good little apparatchiks (masquerading as respectable law enforcement officers) to cooperate in the future?

Fenris on October 24, 2015 at 11:58 PM

.and what are our representatives doing about these rogue agencies..from the IRS to the DEA to the DOJ..etc…

Not a damn thing..but they want you to keep voting them back in office.

celt on October 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

I think we are very close to it not mattering if we vote, or do not vote them back into office. Put if this way: If the bureaucracy were SKYNET, then tomorrow would be Judgement Day.

*I just watched The Terminator.

DFCtomm on October 25, 2015 at 2:49 AM

Hey they needed the bonus those coochy mamas can get pricey.

Younggod on October 25, 2015 at 2:58 AM

I notice that our resident leftist trolls’ opinion of all this is… silence.

GrumpyOldFart on October 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM

I don’t really care about the parties with hookers that were not paid for by the US government.

I do, however, care that we have a DEA and a war on Drugs. What a pathetic waste of money. We have the example of Portugal: we know it works. Why don’t we adopt their drug policy or one similar?

Skipity on October 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

If a BATF agent tried to commit suicide and ‘failed’, could he be fired for incompetence?

vnvet on October 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM

70-90% of govt employees at all levels vote democrat. Every wonder why?

ZERO accountability

ZERO responsibility

It’s not just that people don’t trust government – and the line, “well, there are good govt employees” – sure there are but the constant excuses for behavior that would be intolerable in the private sector will only draw more democrats (and lowlifes???) to more govt. for which all of us will pay and pay and pay.

DIsgusting.

Oh, these govt employees also have automatic annual increases in their pensions when they “retire.” DO any of you coming from the private sector or private sector labor unions get automatic pension increases? I sure don’t.

Govt Privilege

MN J on October 25, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Government (in)competence on display again! Such a bumbling institution should make a much less scary enemy than people often think.

Olo_Burrows on October 26, 2015 at 6:35 AM

If this is a surprise Jazz, then I refer you to your other post:

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/10/25/the-banana-republic-of-america/

earlgrey on October 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM