Drug scandal at missile complex rocks US military

US military rocked by illegal drug activity discovered in investigation leading to suspension of duties of fourteen airmen

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

A retired Minuteman 1 missile stands at the main entrance to Minot Air Force Base, N.D, on June 25, 2014.

US military was rocked by “illegal drug activity” discovered in an investigation which lead to the suspension of duties of fourteen airmen who helped secure a US complex that holds intercontinental nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

"The drug allegations involving these 14 airmen are credible," said Air Force General Robin Rand, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, adding that the junior airmen were involved in activities during their off-duty hours.

Rand could not specify which drugs were involved when speaking to reporters, nor could he specify whether the scandal extended to the sale and distribution of illegal substances.

The military personnel helped secure Frances E. Warren Air Base in Wyoming, as well as its surrounding complex, prior to being pulled from their duties in the 90th missile wing, Rand said.

"The investigation began after an airman became aware of the suspected drug activity and promptly alerted (authorities)," he said.

The probe came two years after a series of scandals involving US nuclear missile forces included drugs and extended to missile launch officers who cheated on their proficiency exams.

Last month Pentagon released 198 photographs linked to detainee abuse by US military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them showing close-ups of cuts and bruises to arms and legs of hostages held in US facilities.

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