Six cadets ac­cused of deal­ing drugs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

Six West Point cadets are fac­ing charges they con­spired to dis­trib­ute drugs, the U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy said Fri­day.

One mem­ber of the Class of 2016 and five mem­bers of the Class of 2017 were “sim­i­larly charged” un­der mil­i­tary law with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute con­trolled sub­stances and wrong­ful use, in­tro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled sub­stances, ac­cord­ing to the academy.

West Point of­fi­cials did not say what drug or drugs were in­volved or pro­vide de­tails about the charges, which are the first step in the court-mar­tial process.

But Greg Rinckey, a lawyer with ex­per­tise in mil­i­tary law who is not in­volved in this case, said the charges are “very se­ri­ous” and seem to point to a con­spir­acy to bring drugs onto the mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tion in Or­ange County.

Ev­i­dence col­lected dur­ing an up­com­ing pre­trial in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be pro­vided to a se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, who could dis­pose of the cadets’ case or rec­om­mend trial by court-mar­tial.

A West Point spokesman said Su­per­in­ten­dent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen could not com­ment be­cause of his in­volve­ment in the process.

The cadets, who are on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, are Joshua Bobo, Jae­len Gad­son, Tevin Long, Christo­pher Monge and Jalen Swett, who are all se­niors, along with Jared Rogers, who is in the Class of 2016.

West Point and the Army did not pro­vide names of their lawyers. Ef­forts to reach the cadets were not im­me­di­ately suc­cess­ful.

This is not the first time mul­ti­ple cadets have faced drug charges at the sto­ried academy on the Hud­son River. In Fe­bru­ary 2007, drug charges were filed against four cadets who failed a ran­dom uri­nal­y­sis.

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