Navy discharging 16 sailors over drugs

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Navy says it's discharging 16 sailors for using or dealing the banned synthetic drug "spice."

Authorities discovered spice aboard the Norfolk-based ship back in November.

After an eight-week investigation, the Navy identified 16 sailors who either used the drug, or bought or sold it.

The Navy has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs - all 16 have been or are in the process of being separated from the Navy.

Spice is a smokable blend of chemically treated leaves that's more potent than marijuana.

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