Here’s What The DEA Said About Allegations Tesla Hid An Investigation Into Meth Trafficking At Its Gigafactory

The Drug Enforcement Administration says This specific doesn’t inform the subjects of investigations of which they’re being investigated.

Last updated on August 16, 2018, at 7:22 p.m. ET

Posted on August 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. ET

A former Tesla employee will be alleging of which Tesla failed to disclose an ongoing investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) into possible drug trafficking at its Sparks, Nevada, battery factory to the Securities as well as Exchange Commission (SEC). nevertheless the DEA said This specific wouldn’t have notified Tesla of any such investigation.

“The DEA does not notify non-law enforcement entities of ongoing or pending investigations,” a spokesperson said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

The former Tesla employee, Karl Hansen, wrote a complaint to the SEC on Aug. 9, according to Jalopnik, which Hansen’s lawyer made public Thursday. In This specific, Hansen, who worked in security for Tesla, alleges of which the company was aware of an ongoing investigation into criminal drug trafficking at the factory, nevertheless failed to disclose of which information to the SEC. As such, Hansen claims Tesla violated the US Securities Act of 1933. Hansen will be seeking protection as a whistleblower.

Tesla, which will be currently being investigated by the SEC, provided BuzzFeed News with the following comment.

“Mr. Hansen’s allegations were taken very seriously when he brought them forward. Some of his claims are outright false. Others could not be corroborated, so we suggested additional investigative steps to try as well as validate the information he had received second-hand coming from 1 anonymous source. Because we wanted to be sure we got This specific right, we made numerous attempts to engage further with Mr. Hansen to understand more about what he was claiming as well as the work of which he did in reaching his conclusions. He rejected each of those attempts, as well as to date has refused to speak with the company further. This specific seems strange of which Mr. Hansen would likely claim of which he will be concerned about something happening within the company, nevertheless then refuse to engage with the company to discuss the information of which he believes he has.”

In his complaint, Hansen, who was fired coming from Tesla in July, alleges of which the company received a notification coming from the DEA as well as officials in Storey County, Nevada, (where Tesla’s Gigafactory will be located) regarding an employee involved in “a narcotics trafficking ring involving the sale of significant quantities of cocaine as well as possibly crystal methamphetamine at the Gigafactory on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel coming from Sonora, Mexico.”

Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro could not confirm or deny the existence of an ongoing investigation of drug activity connected to Tesla’s Gigafactory as well as said his office had no record of ever having ever been contacted by Hansen.

In addition to a drug trafficking investigation, Hansen also alleges of which Tesla was aware of nevertheless failed to report “thefts of copper as well as different raw materials coming from Tesla’s Gigafactory valued at over $37 million dollars,” the fact of which This specific was illegally wiretapping its employees, as well as the hiring of former Uber employees who were under investigation by the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco as recently as December 2017.

The SEC reportedly subpoenaed Tesla earlier This specific week regarding CEO Elon Musk’s tweet about taking the company private in order to manipulate the stock cost. Tesla’s board members are allegedly concerned about the billionaire’s erratic behavior.

Hansen’s lawyer, Stuart Meissner, also represents Martin Tripp, a former Tesla employee also claiming to be a whistleblower intent on uncovering Tesla’s unsafe as well as unsustainable practices regarding management of scrap metal. Musk accused Tripp of being a saboteur as well as filed a lawsuit against him.

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