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Justice Department: DEA Paid Informants Millions of Dollars without Proper Oversight

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is under fire for spending millions of dollars on confidential informants without proper oversight and using sources in a way that potentially violates the Constitution, the Justice Department inspector general has found.

The 65-page report lists serious missteps in the handling of confidential informants and recommended better policies and procedures, the Washington Post reports. 

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found a lack of oversight that led to fraud and abuse. One example showed that the DEA paid a source more than $469,000, even though he had previously been “deactivated” for lying in court and depositions.

The investigation found that the DEA used more than 18,000 informants between October 2010 and September 2015, and half were paid about $237 million.

The Washington Post wrote:

The sources ranged from criminals providing information on their associates to airline, train and parcel-service employees providing tips on suspected drug traffickers’ movements.

The work, for all involved, can be lucrative. The inspector general found one airline employee who received more than $600,000 in less than four years, and a parcel employee who received more than $1 million in five years.

The inspector general found, though, that more money did not always come with more oversight. The DEA’s Intelligence Division, for example, paid $25 million to eight sources over a five-year period and “did not independently validate the credibility of these sources, or the accuracy of the information they provide,” according to the inspector general. The Intelligence Division, according to the report, generally relied on “DEA field offices’ risk assessments and determinations that confidential sources are reliable.”

Luck Saves Lives of ATF Agent, Informants After Suspects’ Guns Discharge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent and two informants are alive today because the guns of two drug-dealing suspects failed to discharge.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Frederick “Freaky” Crayton, 23 (pictured to the right)  and James “J. Blood” Jones, 21, tried to open fire on the agent and informants in a car but the guns malfunctioned.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Crayton and Jones with assault on a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

“Sometimes things just work out better for us than for them,” ATF spokeswoman Trista Frederick said