More than a dozen airmen guarding America's nuclear missiles have been disciplined for using and selling mind-bending drugs, including LSD.
Investigators cracked the drug ring in March 2016.
While none of the airmen admitted to using LSD or other drugs while on duty, and were reportedly not accused of on-duty drug use, the AP's report noted that "Air Force investigators found those implicated in the F.E. Warren drug ring used LSD on base and off, at least twice at outdoor gatherings". The service members operate almost one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles that are housed in underground silos distributed throughout the Great Plains.More news: Liverpool striker Salah 'to break Ramadan fast' for Champions League final
While the reporting notes that none of those court martialed were charged with being under the influence while "on duty", the transcripts from the files show one soldier admitting he "felt paranoia, panic" for hours after dropping acid and at one point said he "didn't know if I was going to die that night or not".
Others described bad trips on the hallucinogen where they felt like they were dying, according to records obtained by the AP. Although illegal in the USA, it had been showing up so infrequently in drug tests across the military that in December 2006 the Pentagon eliminated LSD screening from standard drug-testing procedures.
Warren is the headquarters of the 20th Air Force, which oversees three missile wings and is responsible for more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles that are each capable of delivering devastating nuclear blows.More news: Trump administration has reached deal with China telecom ZTE, source says
But social media proved the drug ring's undoing.
"I absolutely just loved altering my mind", one air man testified in his court marshall. Drug use has been the thornier of the issues, as other bases have found the use of other drugs such as ecstasy and amphetamines to be surprisingly common.
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After pleading guilty to using and distributing LSD and using ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana, Harris was sentenced to 12 months in jail and other penalties, but under a pretrial agreement he avoided a punitive discharge. "In general, I felt more alive". Two accused airmen were acquitted and 3 others were not charged. They're among 14 service members who faced disciplinary measures over the investigation - which came on the heels of other scandals involving the USA missile corps. He became an informant for investigators and was sentenced to five months confinement, 15 days of hard labour and loss of $5,200 in pay. While investigating the missileers' cell phones, the Air Force stumbled upon a cheating scandal involving approximately 100 officers. Gen. Michael Carey, former commander of the 20th Air Force and responsible for overseeing 450 ICBMs, was frequently rude to his counterparts, socialized with suspicious foreign women, and became so drunk that a witness anxious he required help standing while leading a US delegation to Russian Federation in July 2013.