A dozen Secret Service agents sent to Cartagena,Colombia,to provide seurity to president Obama ,at an international summit this weekend have been relieved of duty because of allegations involving prostitution.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan declined to confirm what the allegations involved. "These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the president's trip,"
A hotel employee said the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel about a week ago and drank heavily during their stay. They were sent home on Thursday after they were admonished by a supervisor.
A new crew of agents were rushed into the country to help cover, and officials stress the president was not in any danger.
Mr. Obama is attending the weekend Summit of the Americas, a gathering of dozens of regional leaders. The Secret Service said the president's security was never compromised.
Prostitution is generally illegal in Colombia but the country has "tolerance zones."