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Officials investigating alleged sales of cocaine, LSD at Naval Academy

By RACHAEL PACELLA AND E.B. FURGURSON III | The Capital, Annapolis, Md. (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 24, 2018

The Naval Academy and Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating between 10 and 24 midshipmen at the academy for allegedly selling illegal drugs over the dark web, reports say.

Officials have been investigating the allegations for 2½ months, Cmdr. David McKinney, academy spokesman, wrote in an email. The results of the investigation are pending.

But the New York Daily News, citing a Fox News report, said Friday the investigation includes the sale of cocaine, ketamine and LSD on the Annapolis campus.

“We are continuing to work with NCIS on these reported allegations,” McKinney said. “The Navy has a zero tolerance for drug abuse and takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously.”

Citing the ongoing investigation, McKinney declined to answer questions by The Capital about what drugs were allegedly used, how many midshipmen were involved in the alleged abuse and whether drug sales occurred on Naval Academy grounds.

“We are hoping that the investigation will be complete in the near future and will have more information at that time,” he wrote in an email.

NCIS spokesman Ed Buice also declined to answer questions, citing the ongoing investigation.

But the news report, unconfirmed by The Capital, said three midshipmen are accused of selling the drugs bought on the dark web using Bitcoin. The probe included 10 midshipmen, perhaps more, the report added.

According to the Midshipmen Regulations Manual, the “wrongful use, possession, or willful involvement” in drugs means mandatory separation from the Naval Academy.

Between 2010 and 2011, NCIS conducted an 11-month investigation into the use of synthetic marijuana, or spice, by midshipmen. That investigation ended the careers of at least 27 midshipmen.

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