An ex-Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was arrested this week on charges related to the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.
Former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Mark Ibrahim initially claimed he traveled across the country from California to go to the Capitol because a “friend I served in Iraq with asked me to help him get there for documentation purposes and we were just spectators.”
He also claimed he never touched the Capitol steps.
In unsealed court documents, another story was told. Ibrahim told the DEA weeks in advance that he planned on resigning. He then went to Washington from California on January 6th. He went to the capitol with his friend from his military service and an FBI agent, who is his brother.
He then posed for pictures showing a holstered gun and his DEA badge. He sent multiple videos to a group chat with other law enforcement members. In his interview with the FBI, he had admitted to being at the Capitol with his badge and gun but said he didn’t show anyone and was just there to help his friends document the riot.
Court documents say that his friend told investigators that he didn’t actually have directions from the FBI. Ibrahim’s lawyer said that he was there to enjoy “an important day in history” but did not participate in any violent acts.
More than 500 people involved with the attack have been charged by the Justice Department so far.
Ibrahim is not the first law enforcement official to be arrested due to participation in the insurrection on January 6.
Thomas Robertson, a former officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia who was arrested for his participation on January 6, violated his pre-trial restrictions earlier this month by purchasing 34 firearms and having a loaded M4 carbine and a half pipebomb in his home. Robertson is now due back in court on August 3rd.