Five Queen’s soldiers positive for Class A drugs in raid after cocaine party
Soldiers guarding the Queen near Windsor Castle have been raided by the police after an illegal cocaine-fuelled party that saw 13 of them imprisoned.
Police have launched a large-scale drugs raid on the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, with as many as 200 soldiers swabbed for drugs at their barracks.
A joint team of 30 Royal Military Police and civilian officers were involved in the stop-and-search operation as well as a sniffer dog, Mirror Online reports.
Officers tested wallets, bank cards and other possessions at the barracks.
The cards of five soldiers revealed traces of cocaine and ecstasy, which are both Class A drugs. None were arrested but they were given a warning, and told they now face regular drug screening.
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A senior military source told the Mirror: "The Queen has been made aware of the situation and takes a great deal of interest in her guardsmen."
The raid comes after revelations that 13 of the Queen's Guards were charged after throwing a party near Windsor Castle after a football game with civilians last week.
The bash not only violated coronavirus social distancing rules, but four of the attendees are believed to have tested positive for cocaine.
Sixteen Welsh Guardsmen were charged, with 13 ordered to serve 14 days inside the military prison at Colchester, Essex, during which time they will not be paid.
This includes the four who tested positive for cocaine, who will reportedly be booted out of the army once their sentences are up.
The remaining three soldiers face a military Summer Hearing.
An Army spokesman said: "Drug abuse is not tolerated in the Army because it is incompatible with military service and undermines our operational effectiveness.
"That is why military and civilian police this week conducted an operation at Combermere Barracks."
One of 13 jailed soldiers reportedly took part in the televised Queen's Birthday Tribute parade in Windsor in June.
The 1st Battalion guard the Queen and perform ceremonial duties at her homes.
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