A special agent with the DEA's Little Rock field office was arrested Tuesday following accusations that he accepted payments from a drug dealer in exchange for information.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Cody Hiland announced Tuesday evening that Nathan Koen, 42, of Conway was arrested on federal bribery and drug conspiracy charges.
The agent from Conway is accused of accepting payments from a drug dealer over a two-year period.
"According to the federal complaint charging him, Koen accepted multiple cash payments from a known drug dealer from 2016 to 2018 in exchange for providing information which assisted the drug dealer's criminal activities," Chris Givens, a spokesman with the Eastern District of Arkansas, said.
Koen has worked at the DEA's Little Rock field office as a group supervisor since September 2016. The 42-year-old was arrested after a federal complaint charging him with accepting bribes in connection with his duties and also for "being part of a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances" was issued.
Givens said that Koen was detained Tuesday following his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth Deere.
If convicted, the special agent could be sentenced to life in prison.
"The bribery crime with which Koen is charged is punishable by up to 15 years' imprisonment, while the drug distribution charge is punishable by up to life in prison," Givens said in a press release Tuesday.
Details regarding the specifics leading up to the charges against Koen were not available Wednesday.
"As per DOJ [Department of Justice] policy, as this case is still a pending matter, we cannot provide any [specific] comments," Givens told the Log Cabin on Wednesday.
Givens said he also wanted to remind others that a federal complaint "contains only allegations" and that "a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty."
Assistant U.S. attorneys Benecia Moore and Givens are prosecuting the case against Koen, and the case is under investigation by the FBI.