Sixth airman in U.K. faces court-martial for drug use
Stars and Stripes June 8, 2007
A sixth England-based U.S. airman has been charged with drug use in connection with a 2006 undercover sting.
Airman 1st Class Chad M. Sukov, assigned to the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, has been charged with three counts of wrongfully using and distributing a controlled substance, according to a release issued Thursday by base representatives. A court-martial is scheduled for Monday.
More specifically, Sukov’s charges include “alleged use and intent to distribute Ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana” on various occasions from February to August of last year, the release states.
The charges against Sukov are similar to charges that five other airmen already have pleaded guilty to this year.
Ten suspects were netted in the September drug bust, which came after Air Force authorities began investigating rumors of a drug distribution ring in early 2006. Base representatives said in April that charges are pending against the other suspects.
The most recent guilty plea came from Airman Basic Quinticello Townsend, also of the 48th EMS, who was sentenced in April to six months of confinement and a bad-conduct discharge.
The other 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.