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DEA fires its director in Mexico after misconduct investigation

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) fired its director in Mexico, Nicholas Palmeri, last year. | Font: EFE (link)

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The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) fired its director in Mexico last year. Nicholas Palmeriafter he attempted to use agency funds to pay for his birthday party and during an investigation into his relationship with drug lawyers, The Washington Post reported.

Palmeri, who ran DEA operations in Mexico and Central America, denied the allegations in statements to The Washington Post and assured that his “forced resignation” was due, among other things, to “personal vengeance” by another DEA official. drugs. official agenda, which he did not name.

This week the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, the agency tasked with DEApublished a report in which the details of the investigation were given to the regional director of the agency.

The regional director is not named in this report, but palmeri He later told The Washington Post that it was about him.

According to the accusations compiled in the report, palmeri used agency funds to purchase “unauthorized items” and attempted to force the agency DEA reimburse him for the party he threw for his birthday.

According to the report, this investigation did not result in a criminal case.

However, in parallel DEA opened another investigation into whether Palmeri had inappropriate relationships with lawyers known to protect drug traffickers, officials and former officials with knowledge of the investigations, The Washington Post reported.

Among other things, palmeri In statements to The Washington Post, he acknowledged that he and his wife visited attorney David Macy in the Florida Keys in early 2021.

Nevertheless, palmeri He told the Post that he was not involved in the cases Macy has been defending for years and therefore denied any wrongdoing.

Palmeri took charge of the office DEA in Mexico in early 2020, when Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador cut back on cooperation with the US agency on the grounds that Mexican sovereignty should be respected.

DEA He did not publicly provide information about Palmeri’s dismissal and the reasons for his dismissal.

EFE


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