The Department of Justice released a report on Thursday, pretty much accusing the DEA of improperly making snitches rich. According to the report:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers its Confidential Source Program to be critical to its pursuit of illegal narcotics trafficking. However, confidential sources can be motivated by factors other than combating crime, including financial gain and avoidance of punishment; therefore, care must be taken to evaluate and supervise their use. Between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2015, the DEA had over 18,000 active confidential sources assigned to its domestic offices, with over 9,000 of those sources receiving approximately $237 million in payments for information or services they provided to the DEA.
The DEA was real loose with the money. Some of the snitches made millions. Some got paid “for information that was available at no cost to the government.” Other were paid even after being deactivated for lying in court and in depositions. SMH.
This is video is from last summer, when the Inspector General announced the audit against the DEA. Read the full DOJ report about the DEA’s snitches here.