Chuck Rosenberg named new acting DEA administrator

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday named Chuck Rosenberg as the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rosenberg currently serves as chief of staff to the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has previously served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Texas.

“He has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakeable integrity,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement on Rosenberg’s appointment.

The agency’s previous head, Michele Leonhart, resigned after revelations that agents attended “sex parties” funded by Colombian drug cartels.

A congressional panel is investigating whether the agents leaked information at the parties.

“Michele has devoted her professional career to the security of our nation and the protection of the American people,” said Lynch. “I want to thank her for her 35 years of service … I wish her well as she embarks on a new chapter in her already extraordinary life.”

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