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Former DEA Contractor Sentenced for Giving Notice of the Authorized Interception of Wire and Electronic Communications to Obstruct Such Interception


On June 12, 2020, a former DEA contractor assigned to the DEA Office of Special Intelligence in Fairfax, Virginia, was sentenced to twelve months of imprisonment and one year of supervised release for one count of giving notice of the authorized interception of wire and electronic communications to obstruct, impede, and prevent such interception.  Jason Wright was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, from on or about April 8, 2019 through on or about April 9, 2019, Wright, having knowledge that a federal law enforcement officer had been authorized and had applied for continuing authorization to intercept wire and electronic communications, gave notice of the interceptions to a target of the DEA’s investigation in order to obstruct, impede and prevent such interception.  The investigation was conducted by the OIG’s Washington Field Office and the DEA, with forensic assistance provided by the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office.

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