OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – An Air Force police officer at Osan Air Base pleaded guilty Thursday to abusing the drug Percocet, becoming the latest in a series of security officers from his unit to face punishment on drug-related charges.

A jury of Air force officers was to weigh a sentence Friday in the court-martial of Senior Airman Chance W. Slaughter, 27, of the 51st Security Forces Squadron, part of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing.

Slaughter testified he became addicted to the drug while taking it legally after knee surgery, but went on to abuse it often, sometimes taking it with alcoholic beverages.

“I just had to have it,” he testified.

Slaughter is one of nine security police officers from the 51st Security Forces Squadron to face disciplinary action in the wake of an investigation by Osan-based agents of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, said Lt. Col. Scott Ecton, the wing’s chief legal officer. Those disciplinary actions can range from non-judicial punishment to courts-martial.

One of the nine has moved to a new duty station but faces action in the case there, Ecton said.

Ecton said the nine did not comprise an organized drug ring, but he declined to elaborate further, saying he wanted to avoid jeopardizing pending courts-martial.

Slaughter is the second to be court-martialed, and four more trials are pending, Ecton said.

On Sept. 14, then-Airman 1st Class Jessica L. Billings pleaded guilty at Osan Air Base to wrongfully distributing Percocet. She was sentenced to reduction to the rank of E-1, the military’s lowest pay grade; forfeiture of $800 pay for two months; and two months’ confinement.

In testimony Thursday, Billings said she sold Slaughter a quantity of Percocet for $80 because she “really didn’t have a lot of money” and wanted more.

In addition, two of the nine who have been punished under Article 15 now face separate administrative action discharges, according to their trial testimony Thursday.

Those two other airmen testified they, together with Slaughter, had abused Percocet.

Airman Basic Cody D. Sousa described how he, Slaughter and a third airman would crush a Percocet pill then inhale the powder.

“I’m being kicked out of the military for the decision that I made,” Sousa told prosecutor Capt. Erin Lai when she asked how his actions were affecting his military career.

Airman Basic Kale C. Lents testified that he, too, abused Percocet with Slaughter.

“I’m gettin’ kicked out of the military,” he said. “I’m not ready for it, but something has to happen.”

Prosecutors on Thursday afternoon played for the jury a recording of an earlier session in the court-martial in which Slaughter talked of his Percocet abuse.

At one point on the recording, Lt. Col. Greg Friedland, military judge in the case, asked Slaughter about the effects of the drug.

The drug, said Slaughter, brought him “sheer euphoria … all my fears, my anxieties, anything I ever worried about, just went away.”

The four-member jury that will decide Slaughter’s sentence consists of a lieutenant colonel, two captains and a first lieutenant.

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