In a case that highlights the importance of integrity and ethics in law enforcement, a former DEA Supervisory Agent has been sentenced to 135 months in prison for accepting bribes from a drug kingpin. Nathan Koen, who had been with the DEA since 2002, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official in exchange for the dismissal of a drug-related charge. The sentencing hearing revealed that Koen accepted bribes from the drug trafficker to help facilitate a drug conspiracy involving methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. The judge described Koen’s actions as a betrayal of his oath and a disgrace to the dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to protect and serve their communities.
Former DEA Supervisory Agent Sentenced to 135 Months in Prison for Accepting Bribes from Drug Kingpin
In a shocking indictment of corruption within the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a former DEA Supervisory Agent has been sentenced to 135 months in federal prison for accepting bribes from a drug kingpin. Nathan Koen, 45, was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, as well as one count of bribery of a public official. The charges stem from Koen’s acceptance of bribes from a known drug trafficker in exchange for providing information and protection. This case highlights the serious consequences that can result from the betrayal of the public trust by law enforcement officials.
Charges and Plea Agreement
Nathan Koen was charged by a federal grand jury in November 2019 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, as well as bribery of a public official. In August 2021, he pleaded guilty to bribery in exchange for the dismissal of the drug-related charge. This plea agreement reflects the seriousness of Koen’s offense and the acknowledgement of his wrongdoing. By accepting the plea agreement, Koen admits his guilt and avoids the need for a lengthy trial.
Sentencing Hearing Details
The sentencing hearing took place over two days and concluded with United States District Judge Brian S. Miller imposing a sentence of 135 months in federal prison on Nathan Koen. During the hearing, evidence was presented that showed Koen’s direct involvement in a drug conspiracy that involved the distribution of at least 15 to 45 kilograms of methamphetamine. The drug kingpin, who is currently in federal custody, testified that Koen provided him with sensitive law enforcement information that allowed him to avoid detection and effectively run his drug organization. This testimony served to highlight the serious nature of Koen’s betrayal of his duty as a law enforcement official.
Statement from United States Attorney
United States Attorney Jonathan D. Ross expressed his satisfaction with the sentence imposed on Nathan Koen, stating that “this defendant’s actions are a disgrace to the thousands of dedicated law enforcement officers who work with integrity every day to protect and serve our communities.” Ross emphasized that Koen’s greed and deception have no place in law enforcement, and that the conclusion of this case is a testament to the justice system’s commitment to holding corrupt officials accountable.
Investigation and Arrest
The investigation into Nathan Koen began in 2018 when the FBI received information that he had been accepting cash bribes from a known drug trafficker. Koen, who had been employed by the DEA since 2002, was transferred to the Little Rock DEA office in 2016. The FBI conducted interviews with the drug trafficker, who provided detailed information about his relationship with Koen and the payments made for protection and information. The drug trafficker revealed that he had been encouraged to contact Koen by another inmate while in federal custody on drug charges. After his release, he resumed his drug-trafficking activities and made regular cash payments to Koen for protection.
Statement from FBI Special Agent in Charge
FBI Little Rock Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson praised the investigative efforts of the FBI and DEA in exposing Nathan Koen’s corrupt conduct. Dawson stated that Koen’s actions were a “disgraceful and corrupt” betrayal of his fellow law enforcement officers and the American people. Dawson highlighted the ongoing commitment of law enforcement agencies to combat corruption at all levels and expressed gratitude for the partnerships with the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that led to the successful prosecution of this case.
Statement from DEA Administrator
DEA Administrator Anne Milgram underscored the DEA’s commitment to holding its employees accountable for their actions. Milgram stated that “today’s sentencing reflects DEA’s commitment to hold accountable any DEA employee who abuses the trust of the American people by violating their oath as a federal law enforcement officer.” She commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and expressed her appreciation to the U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case.
Statement from Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
Cloey C. Pierce, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Dallas Field Office, emphasized the importance of investigating and holding accountable those who engage in corrupt conduct. Pierce stated that Nathan Koen had “turned his back on his duty to protect the public” and that the Office of the Inspector General will continue to investigate such cases. This statement highlights the determination of the Department of Justice to root out corruption within its ranks and ensure the integrity of law enforcement agencies.
Additional Sentencing Details
In addition to his 135-month prison sentence, Nathan Koen has been ordered to serve two years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. This additional period of supervision reflects the seriousness of Koen’s offenses and will serve as a reminder of the consequences of his actions. The investigation into Koen’s illegal activities serves as a reminder that no one is above the law and that law enforcement agencies will diligently pursue all those who betray the public trust.
The sentencing of former DEA Supervisory Agent Nathan Koen to 135 months in federal prison for accepting bribes from a drug kingpin sends a clear message that corruption within law enforcement will not be tolerated. Koen’s betrayal of his duty as a law enforcement officer is a disgrace to the thousands of dedicated officers who work tirelessly to protect and serve their communities. This case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of upholding the public’s trust and the serious consequences that can result from its violation. The collaborative efforts of the FBI, DEA, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in exposing and prosecuting Koen’s corrupt conduct demonstrate the commitment of law enforcement agencies to maintaining the integrity of the justice system. As the investigation and prosecution of corrupt officials continue, the Department of Justice will remain steadfast in its pursuit of justice and the protection of the American people.