U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Michele Leonhart is expected to leave her post, a senior administration official told Reuters on Tuesday.
A recent report from the Justice Department revealed that DEA agents participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes in Colombia. The report also alleges that a foreign officer provided protection for the DEA agents’ weapons during the parties, and that three agents in particular “were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”
The cartel-funded parties took place over a period of several years in agents’ government-leased quarters, creating potential security risks. Seven of the 10 agents implicated ultimately admitted to attending the parties, according to the report. The DEA responded by imposing penalties ranging from a two-day suspension to a 10-day suspension.