SEAL Team Sniff: 11 sailors popped for cocaine and meth

They'll be promoted to civilian much faster than they intended to

Matt Saintsing
May 04, 2018 - 11:58 am

(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn F. Andrews/RELEASED

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10 enlisted Navy SEALs, along with another sailor assigned to East Coast Naval Special Warfare unit, will be transitioning back to civilian life earlier than they thought after failing mandatory drug tests overseen by their unit, according to the U.S. Naval Institute.

The sailors purportedly tested positive for assorted methamphetamines and cocaine in random drug urinalysis tests conducted between March and April. The shocking results trigged a wave of investigations by Naval Special Warfare Center, according to the May 3 report.

“During a number of command drug tests from March to April 2018, 11 service members from East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare units tested positive for controlled substances,” Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence said in a statement.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for the use of illicit drugs and as such these individuals will be held accountable for their actions. We are confident in our drug testing procedures and will continue to impress on all members of the command that illicit drugs are incompatible with the SEAL ethos and Naval service.”

Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command, has took it upon himself to shine a light on unsavory behavior. Since taking command in 2016 Szymanski hasn’t been one to sweep misconduct in the SEAL community under the rug.

In 2016, Naval Special Warfare operators observed an operational pause to confront drugs in the force.

CBS spoke to SEALS in April last year, who said that speaking up against illegal drug use was a “career killer.”