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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Off-duty DEA Agent Arrested Over Riots at Capitol

An agent of the Narcotics Law Enforcement Agency (Drug Enforcement Administration/DEA) who is not on duty for a photo holding his DEA badge and firearm outside the Capitol or Congress building during riots on Jan. 6.

This was revealed by the court on Tuesday (20/7) after the agent’s arrest.

Authorities said a video posted on the internet also showed Mark Sami Ibrahim carrying a flag reading “Freedom or Death” outside the Capitol building, about 12 minutes before mobs broke into a nearby barricade.

Ibrahim, from Orange County, California, was a probationary employee of the DEA and was on personal leave from the agency when he traveled to Washington on January 6. A few weeks before the riots, he delivered notice of his intention to resign.

Ibrahim did not work as a law enforcement officer at the Capitol on January 6. However, he told investigators after the riot that he was there to help a friend who had been asked to document the event for the Federal Investigative Agency. (Federal Bureau of Investigation/FBI).

However, the friend denied this, and told investigators that Ibrahim had fabricated a false story. The rebuttal is contained in a case summary signed by a senior special agent in the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice.

Authorities say Ibrahim admitted he was in the Capitol on January 6, but denies that he showed or exhibited his DEA badge and firearm there, despite photographic evidence to suggest otherwise.

Ibrahim was arrested Tuesday (20/7) in Washington on charges of entering or remaining in the Capitol building or prohibited grounds with a firearm and making false statements because he denies showing his badge or firearm.

He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon before Federal Judge Zia Faruqui. [lt/ft]


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