Several people who were convicted of drug-related offenses have been released from prison after it was discovered an FBI agent was investigated for allegations of misconduct.
According to court records, four people who entered guilty pleas and were serving their sentences have been released.
An attorney for one of the men says his client was serving seven years. He said after his client noticed other co-defendants being released, he called his lawyer.
Several other people arrested in the same 2013 sting that netted 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and 2 kilograms of heroin who were awaiting trial have also been released.
The charges have not yet been dropped and the convictions are still in place until the investigation into the FBI agent is resolved, or a court vacates the convictions.
The FBI released a statement Friday night saying in part: “During the week of Sept. 29, 2014, the Washington Field Office became aware of possible misconduct by a Special Agent. The Field Office took immediate steps address the incident, to include notification to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The misconduct has been referred to the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General. Due to the ongoing investigation, we must decline further comment.”