Secret Service admits it twice found marijuana at White House — months before cocaine discovery

July 15, 2023 · New York Post

Is it the White House or the Trap House?

The Secret Service discovered small amounts of marijuana at the executive mansion last year in addition to the cocaine found in the West Wing earlier this month, a spokesman confirmed to The Post Thursday.

“Per the Secret Service Uniformed Division, small amounts of marijuana were found on two occasions in 2022 (June and September), at a check point,” the rep said in a statement. “No one was arrested in these incidents because the weight of the marijuana confiscated did not meet the legal threshold for federal charges or DC misdemeanor criminal charges as the District of Columbia had decriminalized possession. The marijuana was collected by officers and destroyed.”

Officials at the protective agency also disclosed the incidents to members of the House Oversight Committee during a closed-door briefing.

“In 2022, twice while going through screening, people were caught with marijuana in their possession,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) told reporters.

“So for this being the third time that drugs were found on the White House property during the Biden administration certainly poses a question: What kind of people are we allowing to go onto that premise? And what is their actual purpose there?”

In March 2021, five members of President Biden’s staff were fired for past marijuana use, with one terminated staffer claiming to the Daily Beast that the White House’s policy on cannabis use was “exclusively targeting younger staff and staff who came from states where it was legal.”

The use, sale and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which covers the White House and much of official Washington, despite the District of Columbia legalizing the possession of up to two ounces by residents 21 and over for recreational or medicinal use in 2015.

The Secret Service concluded its probe of the cocaine find after just 11 days and having failed to identify the culprit, frustrating Republicans who suggested larger forces were at work.

“It seems to me that Biden Inc. strikes again,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters. “How can in the White House — 24/7 security — they find cocaine but now they just closed the investigation. Where in the country do you get treated like this? Only with the Bidens, with the Bidens in charge. There is no equal justice.”

The Secret Service announced in a statement that the investigation ended “due to a lack of physical evidence,” saying that FBI forensic testing was unable to determine whether fingerprints or DNA were present on the dime-size bag of cocaine.

“Without physical evidence, the investigation will not be able to single out a person of interest from the hundreds of individuals who passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered,” the protective agency said.

The white, powdery substance was found July 2 by a Secret Service agent conducting a routine sweep of the foyer inside the West Wing’s executive entrance. A hazmat team and subsequent tests by federal agencies confirmed it was cocaine.

The locker holding the cocaine was not observable on West Wing cameras, members of Congress and a source familiar with the investigation also told The Post, despite the vestibule sitting feet from the Situation Room and a floor below the Oval Office. (Full Story)

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