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WüRZBURG, Germany — An Ansbach-based military policeman was sentenced to a year in prison Monday after pleading guilty to using and distributing drugs last March at the home of another soldier.

Pfc. Kirby Smith, 20, of the 212th Military Police Company, also was ordered reduced to the lowest enlisted rank, will forfeit all of his pay and was given a bad-conduct discharge, said Capt. Evah Pottmeyer, a prosecutor in the case.

The judge, Col. Stephanie Browne, also sentenced him to 18 months, but that was cut because of a pretrial agreement with prosecutors.

According to a court document, Smith and another soldier, Spc. Tyler Swafford, were shopping at the Würzburg post exchange on the afternoon of March 6 when they made plans to get high at home that evening while playing video games and drinking beer.

According to the document, Smith and Swafford were smoking marijuana with a third soldier, Cpl. Timothy Vernon, while waiting to buy Ecstasy pills and hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms — a combination called a “hippie flip.”

They then took the drugs back to Vernon’s off-base house in Ansbach, where they ingested them, the document said.

A fourth soldier, who was present but didn’t use any of the drugs, reported the incident the next afternoon.

Pottmeyer said charges are pending against Swafford and Vernon.


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