NASA launches "cocaine" probe

By RealGanjaMan · Jan 18, 2010 · Updated Jan 18, 2010 · ·
  1. RealGanjaMan
    NASA launches "cocaine" probe

    (NBC) - Cocaine was found on the floor near a bathroom in a restricted area of the Kennedy Space Center Thursday morning, according to NASA officials.

    "It's unacceptable," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said.

    The cocaine was found in a plastic bag on the floor near a restroom inside the Orbiter Processing Facility, where space shuttle Discovery is being prepared for launch in March.

    Beutel noted that the presence of illegal narcotics is considered a safety hazard because astronauts' lives depend on the precision work done in the hangar.

    "We have zero tolerance because we have zero margin for error," Beutel said.

    About 200 employees were working in the hangar at the time the cocaine was found. NASA officials said those employees and others will be drug tested.

    NASA also said that when the culprit is found, all of the person's work will have to be redone or rechecked.

    "We're dealing with spaceflight hardware," Beutel said. "You can't have that."

    No one has been connected to the cocaine, but Beutel promised criminal prosecution for any suspect who is identified.

    Discovery's launch is targeted for March 18.

    NASA said they expect to hold the schedule.

    They added that anyone identified as the owner of the cocaine will be turned over to federal prosecutors.

    Video available here

    Jan 15, 2010 1:37 PM PST
    Noah Stubbs

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  1. Mr. Mojo Risin
    Hmm... I gotta say I am on the side of NASA on this one, its one thing if its happening over the weekends in moderate amounts. However if anyone is using while working on this kind of equipment that must be absolutely correct and well tuned, it's simply unacceptable.
  2. Motorhead
    Good story RealGanjaMan. Thanks for the link to the vid. It is best if you add any video to our Video section of the forum, then post the link to that location. See here in the FAQ on how to do so.

    I have to agree with you Mojo, although drug testing isn't the best way to determine if someone is using on the job or on their own time. Most drugs stay in the system for several days, marijuana up to thirty. Who's to say said employee was messed up on the job or just had a really good weekend?

    It's the same for any kind of job really. I wonder who leaked this or decided to release the information. With all the negativity surrounding NASA in recent years you would think they would keep this 'in house'.
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