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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, Luciano Marin, alias Iván Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, flanked by a life-size cut out image of rebel commander Jaime Palmera, alias

US: $10 million each for arrests of 2 Colombian rebel chiefs

Jun. 18, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million each for the arrests of two prominent Colombian rebels who were key figures in the nation’s historic peace process but have since returned to arms. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of...

Retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor June Rogers is shown, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Wyandotte, Mich. Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency has discriminated against its African American employees for decades.

Retired DEA agents say agency has legacy of discrimination

Jun. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades. The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General...

FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, the FBI arrested U.S. federal narcotics agent Jose Irizarry and his wife, Nathalia Gomez Irizarry, at their residence in Puerto Rico, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the arrest. He has been charged with conspiring to launder money with the very same Colombian drug cartels he was supposed to be fighting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Watchdog: DEA lacks oversight of money laundering operations

Jun. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration failed to effectively oversee and manage undercover money laundering operations that move tens of millions of dollars of illegal drug proceeds each year through a network of government-approved fronts, according to a watchdog report. The inspector...

Ex--federal worker pretended to be CIA to steal millions

Jun. 11, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former public affairs officer for the Drug Enforcement Administration pleaded guilty Thursday to pretending to be an undercover CIA operative to persuade companies seeking business with the agency to give him millions of dollars. At a plea hearing Thursday in federal court in...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Uttam Dhillon speaks to DEA employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va. In less than two years on the job, many field agents complained that Dhillon, a former Los Angeles federal prosecutor, was more of a bureaucrat than a leader, lacked experience and, as an acting administrator who was never confirmed, the full authority to implement meaningful reforms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism

May. 21, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's an agency with a critical mission of keeping American streets safe from narcotics. But in recent years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has needed protection from itself, with several agents charged with corruption and the agency engulfed by scandal. This week came more upheaval...

This undated photo provided by the Department of Justice shows Timothy Shea, currently U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  Shea will become the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and will be replaced by Justin Herdman, the U.S. attorney in Cleveland, who will move into the role as top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia.(Department of Justice via AP)

Source: Trump admin. to name new DEA head, US attorney in DC

May. 18, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. attorney who oversaw the reversal of a sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone and the motion to dismiss charges against ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn will become the nation's top drug enforcement official, according to an administration official. The...