Cocaine Found in Restricted Area of Kennedy Space Center
NASA is investigating a small amount of cocaine found in a restricted area of the Kennedy Space Center, an area called the Orbiter Processing Facility No. 3 near the Vehicle Assembly Building.
A small amout of the drug was found and now NASA is checking to make sure that shuttle Discovery, which is undergoing maintenance in that facility has been compromised.
“We do not tolerate the use of illegal substances for people who work on the orbiter,” said Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana.
About 200 people work in that restricted area including shuttle contrat workers and civil servants and every one of them was tested on Wednesday as they left work. All the hardware has to be checked also.
“There was nothing obvious,” said KSC Public Affairs spokesman Allard Beutel. “Nobody was obviously under the influence when they were working, because we have supervisors there, security in there. It wasn’t obvious somebody was under the influence of this substance, or any other, for that matter. But to confirm the hardware and equipment on Discovery is OK so it can fly in March, is what we’re doing now.”
NASA is confident they will find the guilty party and they will be terminated.