An FBI agent has been charged with drug crimes relating to his use of heroin. As a result, 28 cases that the man worked on have been dismissed and it appears that the drug defendants they involved could walk free. Meanwhile, the FBI agent was charged with his own federal drug crimes on Friday in Philadelphia.
Allegedly Stole Heroin from Evidence Room
The 64-count indictment against the FBI agent alleges that the 33-year-old Maryland man repeatedly obtained heroin from an evidence room and used it on himself. Authorities say that the man used laxatives and creatine to cut the heroin, making it appear like none had been stolen. First, he would check the heroin out of the evidence room, then he would return it after diluting the returned amount with the cutting agents. While doing so, he also forged signatures and labels on the evidence.
The man was first suspended last September after he was discovered intoxicated in Washington's Navy Yard. His arrest immediately threw off several long-term drug sting operations, but more federal drug-busting efforts were also sabotaged.
Because the man worked on multiple federal cases, which were prosecuted in Washington, his case is being tried in a federal court in Philadelphia. His charges include 20 counts of obstructing justice, 18 counts of falsifying records, 13 heroin possession counts, and 13 conversion of property counts.
Reportedly Stole Heroin Bought with Federal Money
Court filings indicate that the accused FBI agent was involved in multiple undercover heroin transactions and in some operations he never checked in the drugs he bought with federal money.
Approximately 28 defendants' criminal cases have been dismissed by federal judges so far. Some of the defendants had already pleaded guilty and were serving prison time. Judges also ordered that 100 more defendants be notified that the accused agent participated in their drug arrests. This could provide an opportunity for these defendants to be released as well.
If the FBI agent is convicted, he will likely face more than seven years in federal prison. Meanwhile, many of the convicts he allegedly brought to justice will walk free.
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