LSD Now Part of Random Drug Testing in 2nd Marine Division
The 2nd East Coast Maritime Division has a drug problem, according to its commanding general. And it can have a LSD problem.
The division implemented random LSD testing over the summer due to “recent incidents involving Marines or Sailors,” according to a press release on Tuesday’s Visual Information Distribution Service. Defense.
In the past, the Corps only tested individuals for LSD if requested by law enforcement, the statement said.
“We have a drug problem in the 2d Marine Division,” Major General Francis L. Donovan, the division’s commanding general, said in a press release.
About 4,000 urine tests for the mind-altering drug have been done since the policy changed this summer, Linfante said. Less than half a percent of those tested are HIV positive for the drug, Linfante said.
The Marine Corps Times has asked for clarification on how many 2nd Division Marines have tested and how many have tested positive for LSD, but half a percent of 4,000 tests would be 20 tests positive.
Linfante confirmed on Tuesday evening that less than 20 Marines had tested positive
Drug abuse by the Marines is “unfortunately not new,” 1st Lt. Dan Linfante, a spokesperson for the division, told the Marine Corps Times in an email Tuesday. “What’s new here is that the 2d Marine Division is now specifically testing LSD, as well as the many other substances that we have tested for a long time – both at random and in every other way possible.
“We are committed to identifying violators of our ethics,” Donovan said in the press release. “The vast majority of Marines in the 2d Marine Division routinely stand up for our core values, and they deserve to know that the Marines to their left and right do the same.”
In April 2019, Major General David J. Furness, then commander of the 2nd Marine Division, sent a policy letter detailing a basic daily routine each Marine in the division was to follow, citing a “significant decline” in discipline.
“We allowed Marines and Sailors to walk around with long hair, no or poor shaves, unusable boots and utilities, and inappropriate civilian attire,” the letter read. “There are weeds growing around our building and our workspaces and garbage everywhere except in the dumpsters they belong to.”
“A general lack of attention to detail and corrective action on the part of peers and leaders results in a decline in discipline and destroys the foundation upon which the Marine Corps was built – rock-solid discipline.
Linfante said on Tuesday the change was not due to a serious drop in discipline in the division, but rather a small number of incidents still under investigation.
“The vast majority of the more than 16,000 Marines and Sailors in the 2d Marine Division not only do not engage in drug addiction of any kind, but, more importantly, they routinely display the high standards of professionalism and conduct. that we expect from our Marines and Sailors, ”said Linfante.
A representative of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was unable to comment on the ongoing investigations.
In September 2019, Marine Cpl. Andrew Christian Gray was arrested along with 19-year-old Alexia Seely and charged with Trafficking LSD by Sale, Trafficking in LSD by Delivery, Trafficking in LSD by Manufacture and Trafficking in LSD by Possession, Marine Corps Times has previously reported.
Gray was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, at the time of his arrest.
“Zero tolerance is the position of the Marine Corps, and the Marines need to understand that there are no drugs they can take without government detection means,” said Lt. Col. Christian Ruwe, the division judge advocate, in the press release.