UPDATE: Authorities Investigate Cocaine Found In White House

Suspicious White Powder Found At White House

President Biden outside The White house. Credit: Official White House Photo by Erin Scott.

UPDATE: Wednesday, July 5 at 10:53 pm

Following a recently confirmed discovery of cocaine within the white house, a top Republican Senator has demanded that the US secret service release all information.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton published a letter on Wednesday, July 5, which was addressed to the Director of the United States secret service, Kimberly Cheatle.

The letter contained six pointed questions with Senator Cotton demanding that the American people deserved to know the truth.

The letter began: ‘I write regarding the Secret Service’s recent discovery of white powder, reportedly confirmed to be cocaine, inside the White House.

‘According to public reports, the Secret Service has not yet confirmed where in the West Wing the cocaine was found. I urge you to release that information quickly, as the American people deserve to know whether illicit drugs were found in an area where confidential information is exchanged.’

‘If the White House complex is not secure, Congress needs to know the details, as well as your plan to correct any security flaws. Please answer the following questions as soon as practicable, but in any event no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 14.’

‘Further, please contact my staff to arrange a briefing on this matter, as well as the provision of any answers that are classified or law enforcement sensitive.’

  • Who has access to the White House complex without passing through any security screening? Please provide a complete list of all such individuals.
  • Who has access to the White House complex while subject to lesser security screening requirements than the most complete screening required of individuals accessing the West Wing? Please provide a complete list of all such individuals, along with a description of the lesser screening requirements and the reasons such individuals are not subject to complete screening.
  • The Secret Service’s Annual Report for FY2022 notes that the Secret Service’s Personnel Screening K-9 program screens approximately 10 million “visitors to the exterior of The White House each year.” How many visitors to the interior of the White House are screened by the Secret Service’s K-9s each year? Please provide a description of the circumstances under which the Secret Service chooses not to use K-9 screening for West Wing visitors.
  • In the past five years, how often has the Secret Service encountered illegal drugs at the White House complex? How often were these drugs detected during security screenings, and how often were these drugs encountered inside secure areas?
  • Section 3056A of Title 18, U.S. Code, provides members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division with the authority to “make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony.” Illegally possessing cocaine is a crime under federal law. If the Secret Service discovers the identity of the individual who brought illicit cocaine into the White House complex, will they make an arrest under this provision?
  • How often does the Secret Service audit its security procedures for the White House complex and adjust those procedures to correct potential flaws? Please provide details regarding the most recent complete audit, including whether it was conducted by the Secret Service or another entity.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.

Tuesday, July 4 at 3:15 pm

Investigations are underway after a suspicious white powder was found at the official residence of the US president.

On the evening of Sunday, July 2, a suspicious substance was discovered inside the White House, according to The Washington Post, July 4.

Initial Test Confirmed Cocaine

The shocking find led to a brief evacuation, initial tests showed that the white power was indeed cocaine, prompting further investigations by the US Secret Service. A sample of the substance has been sent to a laboratory for further conclusive testing.

This was confirmed by a source close to the investigation and a report from a DC fire crew who were present at the scene. The fire department ascertained that the substance did not pose any danger.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, also revealed that the substance is undergoing more rigorous testing to determine its exact nature. An investigation has been launched to try and find out how it entered the building in the first place.

White House Alert

The discovery on Sunday evening triggered a security alert which resulted in a brief evacuation of the executive mansion. Reportedly, President Biden was not in the White House at the time. Guglielmi later added that there was ‘an investigation into the cause and manner’ of how the substance entered the White House.

At this time it is unclear where exactly the substance was found, or indeed how it was packaged. However, Guglielmi said it was found by members of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service while on their routine inspection of the premises.

A web site called Openmhz broadcasts live and archived radio transmissions from police and fire department radio across America. The following message was picked up at 8:49 pm, in which a firefighter with the D.C. department’s hazardous materials team reported: ‘We have a yellow bar saying cocaine hydrochloride.’

A spokesperson for the DC Fire and EMS Department, Vito Maggiolo, declined to give details but commented they ‘provided support to the U.S. Secret Service as they conducted an investigation.’

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.

Comments


    • Jackie

      04 July 2023 • 20:18

      Well, bill Clinton was sniffing monica lewinsky in the oval office so Joe wanted to do one better..

    • DBath

      05 July 2023 • 23:34

      Biden really runs a tight ship, doesn’t he? Worse president in my lifetime.

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