A special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has become the first member of federal law enforcement to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
According to court documents, DEA Special Agent Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, California faces felony charges of entering a restricted building and area with a weapon, possession of a firearm on the grounds of the Capitol, and lying to investigators.
While Ibrahim has insisted through his attorney that he did not enter the Capitol building and did not partake in any violence, an affidavit showed photos of him attending the riot with a so-called “Betsy Ross Flag” and a white flag inscribed with the words, “Liberty or death.”
The affidavit further stated that Ibrahim acknowledged during an interview with investigators from the Office of the Inspector General that he had his badge and firearm but denied displaying them.
However, several photos included in the affidavit showed Ibrahim posing during the riot while deliberately exposing his DEA badge and DEA-issued pistol holstered on his hip.
The affidavit also alleged that Ibrahim sent multiple photos of himself to a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers on the day of the riot.
According to the affidavit, Ibrahim was a “probationary employee” of the DEA and was on personal leave at the time of the riot.
Ibrahim “was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement officer on the Capitol Grounds,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit also noted that Ibrahim had given the DEA notice of his intention to resign weeks before the riot.