Yesterday we reported about drug convictions in Houston, Texas that hinged on forensic error and today we are reporting about a staggering set of federal drug indictments that will be dismissed amid an investigation of an FBI agent accused of tampering with evidence. While blame for the Houston lab mistakes hasn’t been assigned, in the case of 28 defendants in Washington, D.C. a lone FBI agent is being investigated for accusations of meddling with narcotic and gun evidence.
reported that newly unsealed documents revealed that 14 of those defendants have already pleaded guilty and were serving sentences — one was a year into a 10-year term. Prosecutors said based on the revelation, withdrawn guilty pleas will result in dropped charges. The documents which typically remain sealed were ordered unsealed after the
first reported on the agent’s probe last weekend
The judge said access to criminal proceedings “serves an important function of monitoring misconduct.” Prosecutors said they were already in the process of making the documents public.
The agent who was assigned to a D.C. police task force in the FBI’s Washington Field Office has been suspended but not charged. He is currently under investigation by the inspector general’s office at the Justice Department and the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office have confirmed that investigation began six weeks ago and that authorities are still reviewing cases the agent may have been involved with.