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US Navy probes Japan-based sailors for drug use, sales

IANS  |  Washington/Tokyo 

The US has launched a probe against American sailors based in for the alleged use and distribution of drugs, a Seventh has confimed.

"The has zero tolerance for drug abuse and takes all allegations involving misconduct of our sailors, civilians and family members very seriously," Clay Doss, for the Seventh Fleet, told on Sunday.

"These allegations are still under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

News of the investigation by the Naval (NCIS) was first reported by on Friday.

The daily said the drugs involved included LSD and ecstasy, among others, and that at least a dozen US Navy personnel were under suspicion.

The report said some of those being investigated were serving aboard the USS as well as on shore in

Suspicions that drugs had been sold to Japanese residents means that Japanese authorities were also investigating, it added.

The Reagan, based in near Tokyo, is the only one of the US Navy's 11 aircraft carriers homeported outside of the US, reports

If the drug allegations prove true, it would be the latest in a string of bruising black eyes for the Seventh Fleet, which has seen two of its guided-missile destroyers involved in deadly collisions with cargo vessels in the past year, reports of exhausted crews plagued by poor morale, and dozens of its former officers entangled in a Pacific-wide corruption scandal.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 09:04 IST