28/08/2008

18 Royal Navy Sailors Test Positive For Cocaine

Eighteen Royal Navy sailors have tested positive for cocaine, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported.

The crewmen tested positive for the class A drug during routine testing onboard HMS Liverpool, which is currently deployed in the South Atlantic.

The drug find is believed to be the biggest in the Navy's history.
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An MoD spokeswoman said: "The Royal Navy does not tolerate misuse of drugs by its personnel and internal action is underway against all 18 individuals.

"Notwithstanding the numbers involved in this single unprecedented incident which is being treated very seriously, it has not affected the ship's ability to do its job."

She said the incident must be placed in context as drug misuse is almost 20 times more common in civilian workplaces than in the Navy.

Earlier this week five soldiers from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery regiment also failed a routine drugs test.

(CD/JM)

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