According to a report by Justice Department’s inspector general, the DEA used its resources to pay confidential informants without suitable measures and used sources in ways that are against the Constitution. The DOJ (Department of Justice) released its 65-page report on Thursday questioning the use of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s funds paid to informants and recommending the agency to tighten its policies and procedures.
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz found that a closer look at the DEA’s cases led to “instances of fraud and abuse”. Here’s one case, for example; the DEA paid more than $469,000 over a five-year period to a previously deactivated informant. The source was swept away because he lied at trials and depositions. In another instance, the DEA paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars “for information that was available at no cost to the government,” according to the inspector general’s research.
An official response from the DEA states the agency had already made improvements to the use of confidential informants and “would work to make even more”.
Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) on the other hand, said employees are forbidden from sharing information for personal gain and the Drug Enforcement Administration “violated federal regulations