KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The commander of the 18th Wing has placed a Chatan business off limits to all Air Force personnel in Japan under the Status of Forces Agreement.

Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams issued the order against a business called The Ground, a shop that allegedly sells drug paraphernalia in the Mihama district of Chatan.

The owner of The Ground could not be reached immediately for comment.

According to the off-limits order, obtained by Stars and Stripes, the move “applies to all Air Force military and civilian personnel, including Air Force contractor personnel, and their dependents, who are permanently assigned or on temporary duty orders to Okinawa. Air Force SOFA-status personnel are prohibited from entering the business.”

The order came after Air Force officials received information that the business was selling liquids containing methalone to SOFA-status Air Force personnel. Methalone is a synthetic hypnotic similar to Ecstasy. According to the order, the drug is illegal under U.S. and Japanese law.

Methalone also is known by its street names, “ease,” “explosion,” and “bk-MDMA.”

Military personnel violating the order could be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Civilians are subject to adverse administrative action, including sanctions under the Kadena Disciplinary Action Program, according to the order. Such action could result in being barred from all military installations on Okinawa.

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