A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent whose career ended in disgrace was sentenced in Louisiana federal court Thursday to 160 months in prison for stealing from New Orleans detainees and lying to get an accused Houston drug supplier convicted (press release available here).
According to court documents, Chad Allan Scott, 53, perjured himself and directed others to commit perjury to obtain a conviction against an alleged drug dealer. He also falsified forms so that he could take possession of a truck bought for him by a drug dealer. When he and two other law enforcement officers began to worry that they would be investigated, Scott and the others conspired to throw evidence of their wrongdoing into the swamps outside New Orleans. Scott also stole money and possessions from defendants his DEA group had arrested.