DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2010, file photo, a northbound Amtrak Acela passes through Middle River, Md. The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the railroad.

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