Naval Academy, Pentagon probe drug rings at Annapolis, 7th Fleet

An investigation is underway at the United States Naval Academy into the illicit sale of drugs over the dark web.

It is alleged between 10 and 24 midshipmen are involved in the sale of cocaine, ketamine and LSD and the illicit drugs were paid for using bitcoin.

Naval Academy spokesman Commander David McKinney confirmed few details, but did reveal the school is cooperating with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and said the investigation began over two months ago.

McKinney did, however, admit the sale of drugs was exposed after one cadet informed school officials of the trade, but declined to say if the drugs were sold on school grounds.

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

The reports of alleged drug sales among cadets at the Naval Academy follow press accounts of the Department of the Navy looking into drug trade on the USS Ronald Reagan.

According to an early February story in The Wall Street Journal, Pentagon officials were investigating the sale, distribution and use of LSD, ecstasy and other drugs among 7th Fleet servicemen aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Although the probe is ongoing, it has expanded to include the allegation seamen sold drugs to local Japanese citizens.

Founded in 1845, the United States Naval Academy has seen its share of recent scandal.

In 1994, the school was rocked by a cheating scandal in which 24 cadets were expelled.  Two decades later, the school finds itself still recovering from an incident in which a male instructor, a Marine officer, was removed from the faculty after it was revealed he has engaged in sex with two female students.

 

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