Ed Bedford 2:59 a.m., May 22
Navy Drug Bust Nabs Local Sailors
Numerous San Diego-based sailors are being disciplined as the result of a local drug bust, USA Today reports.
64 sailors face charges, 49 of them aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that famously disposed of the remains of Osama bin Laden after his capture. Most of the accusations revolve around the use or distribution of “Spice,” a synthetic compound that mimics the effects of marijuana. Only 2 of the 64 are accused of using other drugs.
Spice was legal in the United States until March, at which point the federal Drug Enforcement Administration banned the sale of five chemical compounds used to create the product, which is commonly smoked in the same fashion as the illicit drug it imitates. Despite changes in law, the substance remains widely available throughout the county in head shops, liquor stores, and at gas stations, along with “bath salts,” another synthetic substance marketed as a non-ingestible but used to mimic the effects of cocaine or amphetamines.
Image: cover of October 4 issue of Army Times