Air Force expands illegal drug probe to 10 officers
January 10th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Air Force expands illegal drug probe to 10 officers

By Barbara Starr

In a spreading military probe into alleged illegal drug possession, the Air Force is now investigating nearly a dozen officers in multiple locations, a spokesman says.

Nine lieutenants and one captain "are being investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for illegal drug possession," said Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, an Air Force spokesman.

The officers are stationed at Edwards, Malmstrom, Vandenberg, F.E. Warren and Schreiver Air Force bases in the United States, as well as Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England, where U.S. units and personnel are based.

"The case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base and expanded based on contact with the officers in question regarding recreational drug possession," Ashworth said.

Because the case is under investigation, no additional information is being released.

The Associated Press first reported the drug probe on Thursday just as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was visiting F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Air Force officials initially confirmed that two nuclear launch control officers in Montana were being investigated for alleged drug use.

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  6. Paddle App

    This really isn't a surprise to me I actually expect this from certain individuals in a military. I'm glad to see that we have a system in place to catch it .

    June 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  7. Mark

    Air Force using CIA shipped in narcotics. Is that right Barbara Pentagon Journalist ? Friend of the Lanza's or just happening to hang out at Boston during the False flag attack?

    January 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  8. onassis

    Gunfire has erupted in the western Mexico in an ongoing battle between community self-defense groups and the Knights Templar drug cartel as the vigilantes advance on the town of Nueva Italia.
    Mexican military troops are staying outside the town and there are no federal police in sight.

    January 13, 2014 at 1:11 am | Reply
  9. MDL

    You should have seen all the drug use in air force after the Vietnam war ended. OSI went bonkers with sting operations for quite a few years.

    January 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  10. NNN

    Nuclear launch control officers on mind and mood altering drugs??? This requires a MAJOR house cleaning from bottom to top, not just the criminal officers, but all those personnel who approved these people for the position and their commanding officers. The main focus here is considering what they should have known about the character of these people and not what they claim they knew.

    January 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  11. tommy doyle

    you are wrong. the NNS has every right to spy. stop whining

    January 12, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
  12. HaroldLewisBlair

    why should these men go to jail when we have a president who is a COKE-HEAD- in his book he says he did alittle drugs (SMACK & BLOW) but his friends say he did alotta drugs (cocaine) jus GOOGLE "Mia Marie Pope" to hear his old friend talk about why Obama hid his entire past history at the cost of millions (even his kindergarten records are sealed) bottom line is that Obama is the biggest FRAUD in history and has deceived America-

    January 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Inri Porter

      Go away, you silly fool.

      January 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • looper

      GWB is not president anymore. Maybe you should cut back a little on your drugs.

      January 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  13. Inri Porter

    What was it Pasternak said? Something about "...the simpler one is, the clearer one sees". Random, you must see very, very clearly indeed (as it is obvious that you are very, very simple). After puberty your critical thinking skills will develop – one hopes – and you may even some day be able to define the word "trustworthy".

    January 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
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    January 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  15. Billy

    This story has excellent timing considering what laws have just went into effect. Nice scare tactics.

    January 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Mike D

      What laws are you referring to? The recent legalization of marijuana in several states? That has zero to do with illegal drug use in the US military. It has ALWAYS been illegal for members of the US Military to use illegal drugs. If pot became legal across the board in all 50 states tomorrow, it would still be illegal in in the military.

      January 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • TexTeacher

      Big deal! I was a Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counselor in the Air Force from the 70s to 80s and officers got caught back then too. The only difference with enlisted drug abuser cases is that officers got kicked out without exception. Academy and ROTC either had to pay back for their education or had to server their term as enlisted and pay a big fine.

      January 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  16. ACMI

    We live in a generation when illegal drug use is common at all levels of income, all professions even at the level of President of US why is this even news?

    January 11, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Common? Whatever that term is quantified by (25%, 50% ?). Just like Mike stated below as factual, you're comment is at least inaccurate for the USAF because if your statement were, we wouldn't be able to meet our end strengths ACROSS our ranks (2Lt / AB thru Col / SMSgt), in-fact there's a RIF coming up this spring offering various voluntary force reduction programs to reduce our #s...

      January 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  17. Mike D

    Having recently retired from a 20-year Air Force career, I can tell you that the odds of getting caught if you use illegal drugs is pretty high. And frankly, you're an idiot if you are using and think you'll continue to get away with it, period. ALL active duty Air Force gets popped for "golden flow" randomly. This includes the men and women stationed far from "main base" in a bunker somewhere. They will get a phone call early in their shift saying "I need you to come in for here by this time." When they show up they sign a letter and must immediately provide a urine sample for testing. I have gone 6+ months without getting tested and then suddenly I get tested twice in one week. You never know when your number will come up. There is ZERO room in the military for illegal drugs. The men and women who serve our country are held to a higher standard for many reasons. This is one of them.

    January 11, 2014 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Mike- hear what you're saying...check out this character below "Random"...he's essentially saying that as long as its not a "hard drug" they should cut these "honorable" men some slack. Obviously doesn't know what this core value "integrity" even means, IN ALL CASES PERIOD. How can this individual call these men trustworthy with what he describes as essentially a minor indiscretion ("litte things") and then expect them to handle the "big things" (life and death situations, tactical and strat decisions)? What a tool...

      January 11, 2014 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Random

        Pretty simple. Their job is to fire nukes when told to. Not before, Not after. They have held this commitment flawlessly.

        January 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
      • erik

        But getting wasted drunk is acceptable? Don't get holier than thou.

        January 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
      • Trevor

        I wasn't even commenting on the "moral acceptance" of alcohol v pot. The principle i'm talking about is integrity as a basic core value and following the "rules" that are established. The USAF doesn't "forbid" you getting drunk, but if you get out of line and into a fight and arrested or get a DU/WI then they WILL come down on you like a hammer... Smoking pot is against the "rules" and I've not broken that rule so I do have the absolute right to justifiable criticize them and in your terms be "holier than thou"...

        January 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm |
  18. Jay Hughes

    If US Forces are introducing drugs to England they should be deported.

    It's band enough having the US Air Force here what with all the NOISE and POLLUTION they cause.

    January 11, 2014 at 4:49 am | Reply
    • Random

      you guys had drugs well before we got there, us military doesnt run drug freighters, so what ever they have there is likely locally obtained.

      January 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Inri Porter

      Which would you rather have: the NOISE and POLLUTION that you have now, or the NOISE and POLLUTION you had during the Blitz? It took Britain more than a half-century to repay the U.S. for the loans the Brits needed to stay afloat during- and post-WW I. The U.S. took similar action to prop up the country before, during, and for a decade (+) after WW II. The U.S. very much appreciates the fact that the U.K. sent us the Beatles and the Stones, but it doesn't quite make up for the tens of thousands of U.S. airmen killed in the efforts to keep Brits from becoming HitlerHeilers...and I suggest that tolerating the NOISE and POLLUTION of now be accepted in that light. Your Queen is a very nice lady...and she has been protected by the U.S. Air Force (and/or the USAAC) for almost 70 years. Keep it in mind, eh?

      January 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply
      • erik

        Germany has been peaceful for 60 years. How long are we staying?

        January 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm |
    • NNN

      What time warp are you living in? The UK is a c e s s pool of drug abuse.

      January 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  19. Yuck

    People Ain power shouldn't even smoke,drink or do illegal drugs,in fact they should be drug tested every 6months.set a good example for our kids.this is embarrassing,bunch of racist,drunks.

    January 11, 2014 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • What

      You should probably get yourself drug tested. The USAF drug tests it's folks "randomly". You could be tested 4 times in one month or once in a year, luck of the draw. Where you arrive at racist drunks is beyond me.

      January 11, 2014 at 3:54 am | Reply
  20. Yuck

    They should all be drug tested,and clean from alcohol and illegal drugs.

    January 11, 2014 at 1:36 am | Reply
  21. reply

    Sounds like the 1970's military where morale was low and drug us was rampant. Not my USAF. Problem with leadership that are appointed by the Congress and Obama.

    January 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • What

      Sounds like Mr. 1970 has never served a day in his life. Drug use has ALWAYS been rampant, and it has nothing to do with Congress or President Obama, idiot.

      January 11, 2014 at 3:50 am | Reply
      • Trevor

        What- 17 years active duty USAF, and in leadership positions for the last 5 years privy to the activities of my subordinates at the squadron and group level and I GUARANTEE YOU I have dealt with BY FAR more folks than you. Ilegal drug use isn't "rampant" in the USAF, pal.

        January 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
    • jerrylax

      reminds me of the LBJ years, when I was in the USMC. Kerry painted us as druggies(it stuck)…and we were not. Same old mess when these goonies come to power. We seem to always have to rebuild our military after liberal power i.e…LBJ, Carter, Clinton, and now obama. Nothing new under the sun.

      January 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • What

      At Trevor

      16 Years Security Forces. No you haven't dealt with more folks than me, and yes, drug use is and always has been rampant.

      January 30, 2014 at 5:18 am | Reply
  22. Random

    If it was pot, I don't know that this is a serious problem. Granted they are working around nukes, but its not like alcohol where you think firing one might be a good idea. If anything it just means the company vending machine is getting worked out and that makes the assumption they do it on the job which Id bet they dont. I can't believe it is worth firing trustworthy men over. You will regret it allot more if the next guy is a spy, or anarchist . I just don't see harm if that is all it is. If its hard stuff fire them.

    January 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply

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