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NAPLES, Italy — The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating five Naples sailors for suspected drug-related offenses.

The sailors are assigned to Submarine Group Eight’s operations department, said Cmdr. Cate Mueller, 6th Fleet spokeswoman.

“Because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been referred ... it would not be appropriate to provide any details of these incidents,” Mueller said.

Joseph Hicks, NCIS supervisory special agent, also said he could not comment on an open investigation.

About 140 sailors in Naples are assigned to Submarine Group Eight. The command encompasses Task Force 69, the U.S. 6th Fleet’s submarine arm; submarines of NATO’s Allied Naval Forces South; La Maddalena, Italy-based Submarine Squadron 22; and the USS Emory S. Land, a La Maddalena-based submarine repair and supply ship.

The command would not comment on whether all sailors in the sub group would be tested for drugs.

“Periodic command-wide urinalysis testing is conducted in accordance with governing instructions and Navy policy,” the Navy said in an e-mail response to questions from Stars and Stripes. “Because the investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to discuss any details.”

Submarine Group Eight has no permanently assigned submarines but has operational control of U.S. subs in the 6th Fleet region and NATO submarines in the Mediterranean.


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