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THE NATION; Military's Drug War Targets 'Rave' Favorites; Narcotics: Worried about use of substances such as Ecstasy, random testing is increased.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Military policy; Drug testing; Military personnel; Drug abuse
Author: Perry, Tony
Date: Jul 25, 2001
Start Page: A.10
Section: Part A; National Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Among recent cases are a Marine at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina convicted of selling Ecstasy to other Marines; a senior airman with clearance to the super-secret facility at Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., accused of Ecstasy trafficking; 11 soldiers in the elite 16th Military Police Brigade at Ft. Bragg, N.C., accused of Ecstasy, LSD and marijuana use, including two accused of being dealers; and five cadets at the Air Force Academy charged with possession of Ecstasy, with two being sent to prison.

The military added Ecstasy to its drug-testing screen in the 1990s for personnel stationed in Europe. The world's supply of Ecstasy is manufactured in illicit laboratories in Belgium and the Netherlands and distributed primarily by the Russian and Israeli mafias, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

To change those odds, more tests are being done on weekends and Mondays, military drug specialists are devising a more sensitive test to catch Ecstasy even several days after ingestion, and dogs are being trained to detect Ecstasy in lockers and work spaces.

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