DEA Agent Charged During Capitol Riot

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, California, is a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He has been changed with being at the January 6 insurrection, and he is the first federal law enforcement officer connected to the riot.

Ibrahim has been accused of joining the pro-Trump group outside of the Capitol Building. He was armed with his DEA-issued pistol and displayed his DEA badge. Ibrahim faces “felony charges of entering a restricted area with a weapon, possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds, and lying to investigators.”

Through his attorney, Ibrahim claimed that he did not venture inside of the Capitol Building nor did he engage in any of the violence. However, crossing the police lines that had been set up with barricades to close off the grounds during the riot was a violation of the law. 

Ibrahim insisted that he did not display his DEA badge or his gun during the insurrection. However, there are several photos showing Ibrahim deliberately displaying his badge as well as his firearm, which was holstered to his hip.

Ibrahim’s attorney, Darren Richie, said that the DEA suspended Ibrahim because of his presence at the insurrection on January 6.

However, Richie claimed, “Mr. Ibrahim was not part of, affiliated with nor participatory in any trespassing or violent acts and vehemently denounces them.” Richie also said that Ibrahim “had aided authorities by making videos of some of what transpired at the Capitol that day.”

On Tuesday, Richie told Politico that “Ibrahim played no role in any riot. He never committed any violence, attempted to enter any buildings nor induced or promoted others to do so. The indictment results from conjecture, political pressure, and a flawed attempt to paint a specific narrative through pictures taken wholly out of context.”

Ibrahim’s status with the DEA is not clear at the moment. An affidavit given to the court said that Ibrahim was a “probationary employee of the DEA at the time of the riot.” The affidavit also said that Ibrahim had plans to resign. 

Senior Special Agent Jason Higley said, “Ibrahim was on personal leave on January 6 and was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement officer on the Capitol Grounds.”

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