A former DEA agent based in Louisiana was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his part in a slew of corruption-related charges.
Chad Allan Scott, a 53-year-old former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent known as “White Devil,” was sentenced to 160 months in prison last Thursday for nine crimes of official misconduct, including perjury, obstruction of justice, and theft, the Department of Justice reports.
Among his charges, Scott perjured himself and directed other officers to commit perjury in order to convict an alleged drug dealer. He also falsified documents to hide a truck that a drug dealer purchased for him.
Once Scott and other DEA agents knew they would be investigated, they attempted to destroy evidence by tossing it into the swamps outside of New Orleans. Scott and other detectives were known for stealing money and possessions from the defendants they took into custody.
“Chad Scott wielded his police powers to victimize the very citizens he had sworn to serve and protect, eroding the community’s trust in law enforcement and undermining the rule of law,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
“Today’s sentencing shows that law enforcement officers who betray the public’s trust will be held accountable and punished accordingly.”
Scott attempted to plead his innocence in court last Wednesday, NY Post reports.
“I am not the monster that has been portrayed,” Scott told U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo. “I did work hard as a DEA agent, and I do believe in the DEA’s mission. Over the years, I have put my life on the line every day.”
Scott was first found guilty in August 2019 and again in June 2021 after his case was severed into two separate federal trials by Milazzo.
“Chad Scott took an oath to serve his community with integrity, but rather than use his badge to protect his community, he used it to break the law,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.
“This goes against everything that the Drug Enforcement Administration stands for. Scott betrayed the very people he was entrusted to protect and today he is being held accountable for his crimes.”