CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- Eight Coast Guard members assigned to units in Chincoteague are facing punishment following an internal drug sweep. Coast Guard officials say the eight members face disciplinary action for allegedly having illict drugs or substances.
The news comes as a surprise to those on Chincoteague Island.
"Sad really. You know what I mean. I mean, I figured our military was on top of it, you know what I mean. It's disturbing," said Danold Ballard of Chincoteague.
Coast Guard officials would not say what type of drugs were found or how many guardsmen failed drug tests. Authorities did say that the eight involved would be facing non-judicial punishment. That means a court marshall will not be needed and the commanding officer will decide on the punishment.
Consequences can include loss of rank, reduction in pay, extra duties or restrictions. The worst case scenario can include "administrative separation," which means they could be removed from the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard officials say this type of behavior is not consistent with their values and they plan on resolving the situation in about two weeks time. The Chincoteague facility is broken into four units. Three out of the four had guardsmen involved in this case.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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