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Informant sues the Drug Enforcement Agency for paying him with drugs

By Mason White 9:23 AM July 16, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A man filed a lawsuit after the Drug Enforcement Agency allegedly paid him with drugs.

Aaron Romero, 38, filed the lawsuit claiming that federal agents paid him with drugs rather than cash for his work as an informant.

According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Romero was approached by DEA agents and was asked to assist them in bringing down drug dealers.

Romero’s participation in “Operation Smack City,” caused him to relapse to his previous crack addiction and became a victim of negligence on behalf of DEA agents.

This caused him severe emotional and physical harm, the lawsuit states.

Romero was later charged with drug distribution, but federal prosecutors dropped the charges in January, according to his lawyer, Erlinda Ocampo Johnson.

The lawsuit also states that the arrangement was in violation of DEA policy since the agency did not get prior approval from prosecutors.

Elizabeth Martinez, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, said that the office refused to comment on the case.

The lawsuit seeks $8.5 million in damages for the loss of “love, familial relationships, and companionship” over his addiction to crack, which was rekindled after getting free drugs from the DEA. Romero said that he is now drug free.