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RAF MILDENHALL, England — The fifth servicemember char- ged last fall in connection with an undercover sting operation at RAF Lakenheath pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug-use charges.

Airman Basic Quinticello Town- send, of the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, was sentenced to seven months’ confinement and a bad conduct discharge for using marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy from February to August of last year, according to base officials.

As part of a pretrial agreement, Townsend will serve six months of his sentence, Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young, a Lakenheath spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

Of the 10 netted in the September drug bust, four besides Townsend have pleaded guilty to similar charges in recent months.

Those airmen who have pleaded guilty to drug-use charges are Airman David Murphy, of the 48th Dental Squadron; Airman Basic Anthony Skervin, of the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron; Airman Ronald Moore Jr. of the 48th Medical Support Squadron; and Senior Airman Christopher Givens of the 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 arrests were made in September after Air Force authorities began investigating rumors about a drug distribution ring in early 2006.

Charges against five others are pending, base officials said earlier this month.


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