Internal disciplinary logs have revealed that the Drug Enforcement Agency has a large number of federal employees who have failed drug tests in the past five years. Unlike people who aren’t involved with federal law enforcement, these employees received no significant punishment at all.
All employees received at the very most short suspensions and minor reprimands, according to the newly released documents.
USA Today released the document over the weekend, with relatively little fanfare.
It documented no less than 16 instances of employees failing random drug tests since the year 2010.
The document revealed that the agency punished most employees with very short suspensions – usually only one or two days. This comes as a huge surprise to many, as the DEA is responsible for enforcing federal drug laws. While they arrest citizens and bust medical marijuana dispensaries, they have been giving one day suspensions to their employees for the same offenses.
In no case was a DEA employee actually prosecuted for such drug use. Why are they so understanding when drug users are their employees?
The DEA’s drug policy says in plain English that applicants who “experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed for you, will not be considered for employment.”
It makes some exception for “limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana.”
Throughout one’s employment at the DEA, the agency conducts random drug testing. But when an employee is discovered to be currently using drugs of all sorts, the agency stands down.
It’s odd for such a draconian agency to let this stand. So what is behind this unofficial policy?
USA Today reporters Brad Heath and Meghan Hoyer said that DEA employees have avoided getting fired despite use and distribution of drugs, along with falsifying official records and having an “improper association with a criminal element.”
That would seem to indicate that the drug users at the DEA are being given a free pass because of some internal corruption associated with the distribution of the drugs that agents and other employees are using.
Carl Pike, a former DEA internal affairs investigator said that it is incredibly rare for a DEA agent to be fired for misconduct of any kind.
“If we conducted an investigation, and an employee actually got terminated, I was surprised,” he explained. “I was truly, truly surprised. Like, wow, the system actually got this guy.”
The Huffington Post noted the following:
A closer look at the internal log turns up numerous examples of disturbing behavior being punished with suspensions of a few days, at most. From 2010 through 2015, HuffPost found 62 instances of an employee losing or stealing a firearm; more than 30 violations for driving while intoxicated, including four while driving a government-owned vehicle and one that involved a hit-and-run; two occasions in which employees deprived individuals of their civil rights; nine instances of employees losing or stealing drug evidence; 10 cases in which agents lost or stole a defendant’s property; four violations for committing fraud against the government, two of which were punished by a letter of caution; and two more general violations of DEA policy on drug use. The DEA didn’t fire anyone as a direct result of these actions
The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General said that many offending agents were even promoted in spite of violating DEA policies.
So what’s behind this? It would seem that it is an indication of the rampant corruption within the agency. Drug laws are for who the DEA decides. Meanwhile, they will refuse to prosecute or even fire employees who use prohibited substances. Many are starting to believe that this is because high up officials at the DEA want to control the black market of drug distribution and sales. Is there any other explanation? Let us know.
(Article by Jackson Marciana and M. David)