April 6, 2012
Thirteen sailors aboard a Norfolk-based destroyer are being kicked out of the service for illegal drug use.
The Navy said Thursday 12 sailors assigned to the USS Mahan received non-judicial punishment in connection with the use of synthetic marijuana commonly sold as "Spice." One sailor was punished for the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The 13 sailors range in rank from E-1 to E-5. They will also face punishments ranging from a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay. They have been reassigned pending discharge.
Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr. said in a statement that sailors who use drugs get no second chance in the Navy. The Navy has banned its personnel from entering stores that sell the synthetic marijuana.
The Mahan is home-ported at Naval Station Norfolk.