Nineteen soldiers from one regiment have ‘tested positive for cocaine and cannabis’ in the army’s ‘biggest ever drug bust,’ according to reports.
A source informed The Sun that servicemen from the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment were allegedly taking drugs from their homes and even in the barracks and it wasn’t a part of ‘one wild night out’.
They claimed: “This is off the scale, it has sent shockwaves through the Army. Nineteen in one round of testing is a large number and raises very serious questions.
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“Before lockdown, the regiment was being tested every few weeks but this latest round was the first for quite a long time.
“These are individual cases as well, it wasn’t one wild night out. Jaws were on the floor with shock.”
The allegations have reportedly been backed up by the army.
“A number of soldiers from 1 YORKS recently failed a compulsory drugs test,” a representative confirmed. “The Army does not tolerate drug abuse within its ranks as it is incompatible with military service and operational effectiveness.”
They added: “Army personnel caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged.”
Apparently, the soldiers blamed the issue on boredom.
Previously, it’s already been suggested that drugs are becoming an issue within the army.
According to the publication, in 2019, 660 personnel were dismissed from their roles after failing a drug test. In 2017, this figure was 580.
Earlier this year, it was reported that ten soldiers were kicked out of the Royal Horse Artillery after having a party that included cocaine and cannabis.
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