U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in an unnamed country had alleged “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by local drug cartels over several years, according to a report published on Thursday by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.
The 10 agents – an assistant regional director and nine special agents – had the alleged parties “at government-leased headquarters,” and three of the special agents “were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members,” according to the report.
After investigation, seven of the agents admitted attending the parties, and were suspended for between two and 10 days.
One special agent was cleared of all wrongdoing, the report said. None of the agents was named in the report.
The findings are part of a investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, which analyzed allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct between October 2008 and September 2012.
The Office of the Inspector General declined to confirm where the alleged “sex parties” took place.
The review was sparked by allegations of misconduct by several DEA special agents in Cartagena, Colombia.