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FBI Agent Stole Heroin Taken From Drug Arrests To Feed Habit

March 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
FBI Agent Stole Heroin Taken From Drug Arrests To Feed Habit

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An FBI agent addicted to painkillers began using the heroin seized from his drug investigations of suspected traffickers.

The FBI arrested former special agent Matthew Lowery 33 and charged him with tampering with evidence. According to the arrest report, Lowery stole hundreds of grams of heroin seized from drug busts resulting from his investigations of suspected drug traffickers.

The report states that Lowery, who worked in the Washington D.C. field office, kept the heroin in his car, regularly using it to feed his addiction.

His defense attorney, Robert Bonsib, said that Lowry will plead guilty to a total of 64 charges, including obstruction of justice, heroin possession and conversion of property. He could see up to seven years in prison.

Lowry’s arrest resulted in the dismissal of charges against 28 people in drug-related cases. Prosecutors notified an additional 150 defendants because of Lowery’s involvement in their investigations.

According to the arrest report, Lowery’s conduct compromised an FBI major investigation targeting 14 members of a large drug-trafficking syndicate.

During the course of the primary investigation, the FBI gathered evidence ranging from controlled drug buys, wiretaps, and physical surveillance.

The former agent removed seized heroin from bags and replaced the drugs with cutting agents such laxatives or dietary supplements to account for the missing weight.

Lowry is also alleged to have taken heroin attained from undercover controlled buys as part the investigation.

His attorney said Lowery took the heroin in order self-medicate himself because he suffered from ulcerative colitis.

“His condition led doctors to prescribe powerful pain medications, but never warned him of the addictive nature of the drug,” Bonsib said.

Bonsib claimed his doctor stopped practicing without prior notice, “He tried to stop but the addiction was “overpowering” and the pain resulting from his medical health condition was intolerable,”

“Mr. Lowry understands the importance of taking full responsibility for his actions, and he also acknowledges the need to account to the public for his misconduct,” Bonsib said.

Bonsib added “My client is devastated by the consequences of his conduct, particularly as it has affected the drug investigations that his fellow law enforcement officers, and prosecutors had spent so much time developing and pursuing.”

“His conduct damaged the ability to prosecute the investigations, which is contrary to everything he trained himself for and believed in,” he said.

Lowery became the target of an inquiry after he was found unconscious in his vehicle after suffering an overdose of heroin.

Bonsib said Lowery has cooperated with the Department of Justice investigation into his conduct and has sought treatment for his addiction.

Lowery is a married father to a 13-month-old son. He received a “director’s leadership award” in his new agent class at the FBI in 2009.

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