The incident came to light following a post in an Air Force forum on Facebook earlier this week, which reported that an aviator responsible for monitoring intercontinental ballistic missiles had been “caught smoking pot” while on duty in the base.
The publication gave way to a search during which a marijuana cigarette was found inside a cushion on the sofa of the premises. It was specified that the aviator was “removed from the ground”.
From the Air Force they have pronounced on the facts, happened on October 9, and they have recognized that “illegal drugs” were found in their facilities, although the amount was not specified.
Second Lieutenant and Air Force spokesman Gabriel Cushing said for the Task & Purpose portal that “there is no evidence that illegal substances have been found near any missile operator.” He also indicated that more details will be provided after a thorough investigation.
The Minot Base is home to one of the two bases of the B-52 long-range strategic bombers and monitors more than 150 LGM-30 Minuteman nuclear missiles.
The same enclosure has been in scrutiny repeatedly for security breaches.
In May of last year a container of ammunition for an Mk 19 grenade launcher fell from a military vehicle in a Native American reserve and after two weeks of searching it was declared lost.