Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division supported by SRT (special reaction teams) units apprehended at 0700 this morning more than 20 soldiers on Fort Bragg for suspected distribution, possession and use of drugs.
The soldiers ranging from E1 to E5 serving in a variety of units belonging to every major formation tenant to Fort Bragg such as the XVIII Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, USASOC, 3rd Special Forces Group, and others, were apprehended in suspicion to drug-related offenses including the use and distribution of Cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, marijuana, and heroin on and off post.
Sources close to the investigation reported that all soldiers, with the exception of one that was arrested for an outstanding warrant with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office, are bound to be released to their commanders and respective units later today. It was unclear if the warrant relates to the case.
USAWTFM reached out to Fort Bragg garrison officials for a comment and received the following statement:
“Several Soldiers were apprehended by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and military law enforcement officers on Fort Bragg for suspected use, possession, and/or sale of drugs, Thursday.
“These apprehensions are the result of an effort to not only ensure the health, welfare and safety of our Service members, their Families and others on Fort Bragg, but also to clear the installation of all drug activity,” said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg Garrison’s public affairs officer.
“Additionally, drug-related behavior reduces the readiness of our Fort Bragg Soldiers.” Soldiers were apprehended for questioning, but at this time no arrests by military police have been made.
No further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation. “The overwhelming majority of Soldiers on Fort Bragg do the right thing, day in and day out,” McCollum added. “This is an ongoing investigation and we understand that everyone involved is innocent until proven guilty, so please understand and respect the legal process.”
We will continue to update you with any developments and please remember: All soldiers are innocent unless proven guilty.