Fifth airman faces drug charges in Lakenheath sting
Another airman faces drug charges in connection with a undercover sting last year at RAF Lakenheath dormitories that resulted in 10 arrests.
Airman Basic Quinticello Townsend, with the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, faces three counts under military law of using Ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana, according to an Air Force news release Tuesday.
Townsend is accused of using the drugs at or near the base on various occasions between Feb. 1 and Aug. 31, 2006.
His trial is scheduled for April 17, the 48th Fighter Wing release said.
Of the 10 airmen netted in the sting, four had previously been charged and pleaded guilty to wrongfully using a controlled substance.
They have been identified in previous releases as Airman David Murphy, of the 48th Dental Squadron; Airman Basic Anthony Skervin, 48th Component Maintenance Squadron; Airman Ronald Moore Jr., 48th Medical Support Squadron; and Senior Airman Christopher Givens, 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
Skervin and Moore were punished with confinement and bad-conduct discharges. Murphy and Givens received confinement and reductions in rank.
The busts last September came after Air Force authorities began investigating rumors about a drug distribution ring in early 2006.
Townsend is the fifth person to be charged in connection with the sting, wing spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young said Tuesday. Charges against five others remain pending.