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Airmen prosecuted for illegal drug use

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In early 2013, prosecutors and investigators uncovered a drug ring on Peterson AFB. During 2012 and early 2013 members of the ring used spice, marijuana, and various "club drugs" at one of the member's off base residences, during snowboarding trips and while attending raves in the Denver area.

Within the last six months the legal office has successfully prosecuted eight individuals from the ring. During the week of February, the last two individuals involved in the drug ring were court-martialed.

On Feb. 25, a special court-martial was convened to hear the case of a senior airman from the 21st Comptroller Squadron. The senior airman was accused of using spice multiple times, using molly (a club drug with effects similar to ecstasy), distributing molly and using MDMA, MDA, methamphetamine, marijuana and methylone, all federally controlled substances. The senior airman pled guilty to all charges and specifications and was sentenced to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for 100 days and to be discharged from the service with a bad conduct discharge.

On Feb. 26, another special court-martial was convened to hear the case of a senior airman from the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron. The senior airman had previously turned down an offer of an Article 15 and demanded a trial by court-martial. He was charged with using spice multiple times, using marijuana multiple times and using molly. He pled not guilty to all charges. After two days of hearing evidence a panel of officer members found the senior airman guilty of using spice multiple times and not guilty of the other charges. The senior airman was sentenced to be reduced to the grade of E-3 and 60 days hard labor without confinement.

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