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Army Special Forces Group Has Two Soldiers Charged With Running Drugs On And Off Base

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In January, Connecting Vets reported on a drug scandal that broke out in 3rd Special Forces Group with 15 soldiers questioned about drug use and distribution by investigators at Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg) in North Carolina. This week, the Green Beret said to be the ring leader by some Special Forces members was arrested.

"They were charged with felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. The apprehensions by the Harnett County Sherriff’s office are a result of information gathered, and shared, from an ongoing investigation by the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division from January of this year," Gordon explained.

This story has been floating around military circles for a long while. The author of this scoop, Jack Murphy, is one of the military reporters I trust the most. He's a former special forces guy himself and has had several huge scoops including sitting down with the President of Syria in the height of their conflicts. He takes his job seriously and, for my money, he's the best in the biz for investigative stuff concerning the military. 

Wallen's arrest warrant information was not immediately available, but Rahmer's warrant alleges he possessed psilocybin mushrooms, which resulted in the felony charge, along with 10 "dosage units" of Adderall and a single "dosage unit" of 30 milligrams of oxycodone hydrochloride. A dosage unit is presumably a pill.  

In a February letter sent to concerned senators, the Department of Defense confirmed 31 fatal drug overdoses at Fort Liberty between 2017 and 2021.

“While they are innocent until proven guilty, we are encouraged to see progress in the ongoing investigation as these arrests demonstrate the Army's commitment to accountability and to reduce and eliminate drug use and drug-related crime,” Gordon said. “Further, these alleged actions do not reflect the values of the Army and the Special Operations community.”

In January, there were 15 soldiers arrested by Army officials for their role in this drug ring. Only two of them were cleared. Make no mistake about it, the Army would not be doing this if there weren't mountains of evidence. Replacing that many special forces folks from the same unit isn't easy. It requires months of planning, extra training, and the shifting of resources. In a time when more troops are on alert or moved into hazardous areas, this is the last thing that they need. These are squad leaders and platoon sergeants. Those folks play a huge role in the success or the failure of the missions. And, in my opinion, that's not something you wanna fuck with on mushrooms, oxy, or adderal. Well, adderal is probably fine if we are just a few milligrams goofin. A little PED never hurt anyone unless you're tryin to get in the Hall of Fame. 

As a result of all these recent incidences, Mom and dad in Congress are back. That might be the worst punishment the rest of the unit can imagine. Nobody wants fuckers who have no idea what they are talking about putting their noses into operational readiness. Doesnt matter if they like it because apparently, that's exactly whats about to happen. 

Oversight of special operations has slowly increased on Capitol Hill as the Pentagon has leaned heavily on its elite units in the counter-terrorism campaigns following 9/11. Units that are tasked with operating in the dark face few checks and balances, compared to conventional forces, in environments that are not shrouded in secrecy, such as day-to-day operations on American soil.

An internal review of Special Operations Command conducted in 2019 found severe issues with ethics in the community, finding that the culture of elite units' extreme focus on mission accomplishment allows misconduct and unethical behavior to often go unchecked.

Anyway, sucks to see this kinda shit but it needs to happen after the report of 31 drug-related deaths on one military post. There shouldn't be any so it's clearly a problem that needs fixing. I'm sure these arrests were wake-up calls to the rest of the folks in the unit and beyond.