Off-Duty DEA Agent From Orange County Arrested in Connection With Capitol Riot

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An off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration cause from Orange County posed for photographs successful which helium flashed his DEA badge and firearm extracurricular the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, according to a tribunal filing Tuesday pursuing the agent's arrest.

A video posted online besides showed Mark Sami Ibrahim carrying a emblem bearing the words “Liberty oregon Death” extracurricular the Capitol, astir 12 minutes earlier a mob of radical pulled isolated a adjacent acceptable of barricades, authorities said.

Ibrahim, 32, was a probationary worker of the DEA and was connected idiosyncratic leave from the bureau erstwhile helium traveled to Washington connected Jan. 6. Several weeks earlier the riot, helium had fixed announcement of his volition to resign.

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Ibrahim wasn't moving arsenic a law-enforcement serviceman astatine the Capitol connected Jan. 6, but helium told investigators aft the riot that helium was determination to assistance a person who had been asked to papers the lawsuit for the FBI.

The person denied that, however, and told investigators that Ibrahim had concocted the mendacious communicative to “cover his ass," according to a lawsuit summary signed by elder peculiar cause with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

“According to Ibrahim's friend, Ibrahim went to the rally successful bid to beforehand himself,” the OIG cause wrote. “Ibrahim had been reasoning astir his adjacent determination aft leaving the DEA and wanted the protests to beryllium his signifier for launching a 'Liberty Tavern' governmental podcast and cigar brand.”

Ibrahim acknowledged that helium was astatine the Capitol connected Jan. 6 with a comparative and the friend, but helium denied that helium displayed oregon exposed his DEA badge and firearm determination contempt the photographic grounds to the contrary, authorities say.

Ibrahim was arrested Tuesday successful Washington connected charges that included entering oregon remaining successful a restricted gathering oregon grounds with a firearm and making a mendacious connection erstwhile helium denied that helium displayed his badge oregon firearm.

Defense lawyer Darren Richie said Ibrahim didn’t enactment successful the riot, prosecute successful immoderate unit oregon effort to participate the Capitol that day. He besides remained “honest and voluntarily cooperative” with authorities, Richie added.

“This indictment results from conjecture, governmental unit and a flawed effort to overgarment a circumstantial communicative done pictures taken wholly retired of context. Mr. Ibrahim firmly believes the information shall ever prevail,” Richie said successful a statement.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered Ibrahim's merchandise aft his archetypal tribunal quality connected Tuesday. Prosecutors didn't question his pretrial detention.

A DEA spokeswoman didn't instantly respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment.

The DEA had declined for months to accidental whether immoderate of its agents attended the rally, saying it could not remark connected “specific unit matters.”

“If we person accusation indicating an worker engaged successful misconduct, DEA’s argumentation is to promptly notation the lawsuit to the due authorities for review,” the bureau told AP successful January.

Ibrahim has denied breaking immoderate laws, telling Fox News successful March that helium “never adjacent acceptable ft connected the stairs of the Capitol building.” He said helium went to the rally with his brother, an FBI agent, who faced “no adverse action” for attending.

“When the assemblage began to beryllium hostile toward instrumentality enforcement, maine being instrumentality enforcement myself I started to papers everything,” Ibrahim told big Tucker Carlson, adding helium aboriginal gave the materials to the FBI “so those criminals could look justice.”

“I wanted to assistance instrumentality enforcement that time arsenic champion I could. I truly didn’t deliberation thing of it,” helium said.

After flying backmost to Los Angeles, Ibrahim said, helium was stripped of his badge and weapon and “fired aft being suspended for 2 months for show issues.”

“They got it wrong,” helium said of his termination. “Me and my member some served successful the Army. I followed him into national instrumentality enforcement. My sister is simply a Navy veteran. My ma was successful the Pentagon connected 9/11.”

“The saddest portion astir this,” Ibrahim added, “is I can’t service my state anymore.”

In a WhatsApp radical chat with astatine past 5 different law-enforcement officers, Ibrahim posted a photograph of himself lasting adjacent barricades that had been pulled isolated by the mob respective minutes earlier, the OIG cause wrote. He besides posted video successful the chat that showed Ashli Babbitt, a pistillate fatally changeable wrong the Capitol, being taken from the gathering to an ambulance by exigency workers, the cause said.

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