Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

DEA Agent Becomes First Federal Officer Charged in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

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A federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was arrested Tuesday for allegedly entering the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, according to court filings. The agent, Mark Sami Ibrahim of California, didn’t enter the building, according to the court filings (pdf). However, prosecutors said he flashed his badge and a DEA-issued firearm in photos at the scene, entered a restricted area in the Capitol, and climbed on the Peace Memorial near Capitol Hill. Ibrahim, the first federal law enforcement officer to be arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 incident, was spotted in a photo that was included in the court documents. There, his badge and gun can be seen as he’s holding a flag that reads, “Liberty or Death.” Ibrahim, prosecutors alleged, “had been participating in a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers” and “posted a photograph of himself standing next to one of the …

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