WASHINGTON – A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was on leave and about to resign was arrested Tuesday for illegally entering the Capitol grounds on Jan.6, according to documents filed in federal court in Washington.
He is the first federal law enforcement official arrested in connection with the siege of the Capitol.
The agent, Mark Sami Ibrahim of Orange County, Calif., Did not enter the Capitol or commit any violent acts, according to a court document. But he showed his badge and DEA-issued handgun in photos, entered the restricted area of the land and then climbed the Peace Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill, prosecutors said.
Ibrahim was a probationary employee and had notified his intention to resign, according to the court document. “He was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement agent on the Capitol grounds,” according to the document.
Prosecutors said, when questioned two months later, that he denied showing his gun or badge. A friend asked him to go to the Capitol, he said, according to the court file.
But the FBI said the friend told agents Ibrahim went to the rally “to promote himself” because he was considering launching a podcast and cigar brand, according to court documents.
As of Tuesday, more than 560 people were charged in connection with the Capitol riot.