Drug conviction leads to dismissal, jail for Air Force surgeon
Stars and Stripes June 28, 2007
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A Harvard-educated Air Force flight surgeon from Ramstein will serve 20 days in jail and will be kicked out of the military for a drug possession conviction.
Dr. (Maj.) Christopher D. Drew pleaded guilty to cocaine and Ecstasy possession charges at a court-martial last week, said Air Force Capt. Daniel Schoeni, a lawyer with the 435th Air Base Wing.
Drew was traveling with friends by train from Zurich, Switzerland, to Kaiserslautern in April 2006 when German customs agents reportedly discovered the drugs during a routine inspection at the German-Swiss border, Schoeni said. Drew told investigators that he was only carrying the drugs for friends.
The military judge, Col. Gordon Hammock, sentenced Drew to jail and what the military calls a dismissal, which is equivalent to a bad-conduct discharge for an enlisted servicemember. Drew, a member of the 435th Aerospace Medical Squadron, received an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School before coming to the Air Force. He was commissioned in 1996.
Earlier this month, an Air Force noncommissioned officer from Ramstein was sentenced for using Psilocybin mushrooms, more commonly known as “magic mushrooms” and was sentenced to 100 days in jail.
Staff Sgt. Lusell Pia, who was assigned to the 723rd Air Mobility Squadron, pleaded guilty at a court-martial on June 7 and was sentenced to jail, reduced two pay grades and received a reprimand. He is the last of five airmen charged with either using or possessing mushrooms on a trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands.