Capital Investigation: Drug use, party culture at Naval Academy
By EARL KELLY and TINA REED Staff Writers
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:58 am, Sun Dec 16, 2012.
When the Naval Academy closed its 11-month investigation last year into the use of synthetic marijuana by midshipmen, officials said they’d dismissed 16 mids — but found no evidence of drug dealing.
What the academy’s account didn’t reveal was just how significant a drug culture Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents found.
The investigation ended the military careers of at least 27 midshipmen, including those allowed to resign while being investigated for drug use and an undetermined number suspected of drug use who were dismissed for collateral reasons.
“If I had to estimate the number of mids who are actively smoking spice or doing other drugs,” a midshipman and lead informant told NCIS, “I’d say it’s about 300 to 500 mids.”