On Monday, federal police and security conducted a search of the office of Brian Sulc, the executive director of the Transnational Organized Crime Mission Center at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis in Washington.
Four sources with direct knowledge of the event revealed that Sulc was escorted from his office and placed on administrative leave for allegedly violating security protocols by bringing a personal electronic device into the secure office where such devices are prohibited.
While his office was sealed with crime tape, Sulc was neither arrested nor charged with any crime, Rolling Stone reported.
Three squad cars from the Federal Protective Service arrived at the DHS complex in northwest Washington at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday with flashing lights to assist in the search of Sulc’s office on the third floor of the secure building.
During the search, Sulc was escorted out of the building and taken to a different location on the DHS campus for questioning, flanked by security and FPS personnel.
The entrance to Sulc’s office has been sealed with crime tape, and evidence seals have been placed around the door and keyhole to restrict entry.
Sulc heads the office that produces crucial intelligence assessments on high-stakes policy issues such as border security and the opioid epidemic.
The assessments include intelligence on the flow of fentanyl into the US, as well as efforts to identify human trafficking operatives and cartel members on both sides of the border.
They are used to inform policy decisions at the highest levels of DHS and the Biden administration, as reported by Rolling Stone.
According to a source with direct knowledge of the search of Sulc’s office, “He is a big deal. He does the border, all the big issues and crises. This is why this is all so shocking.”
Written by staff