Exclusive: Cocaine Found at White House
On the past weekend, cocaine was found in a cubby hole in the West Wing entrance area of the White House. On Sunday, cocaine was found in a cubby hole in the West Wing entrance area of the White House.
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Cocaine was discovered in the West Wing entry area, where visitors store their electronics and other belongings before tours, on Sunday, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The Secret Service is looking into the situation, according to the White House. They are looking at cameras and reviewing visitor logs. The next actions are those. Cross-checking,” the source explained.
According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, “Where this was discovered is a heavily travelled area where many… West Wing visitors come through.”
Jean-Pierre responded when asked if anyone had been subjected to drug testing as part of the investigation: “We will take any action… that is appropriate and warranted, pending the outcome of Secret Service.”
In Washington, D.C., having cocaine in your possession is a misdemeanour because cocaine is a “schedule II” drug under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden reside in the executive mansion, which is connected to the West Wing.
The Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, and the presidential staff’s workspace are all included. The West Wing regularly sees hundreds of visitors, including members of the press, political staff, and their guests.
West Wing tours, according to Jean-Pierre, were offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The substance was discovered on Sunday night during a routine Secret Service search. On Wednesday, inquiries for comment from the Secret Service were not answered. The amount of cocaine found has not been disclosed by the agency.
The White House complex was briefly closed on Sunday as a result of the discovery. At that time, Biden’s family was not present at the White House.
On Wednesday, reporters yelled questions at Biden about the cocaine, but he did not respond. According to Jean-Pierre, the president thinks it’s “incredibly important” to figure it out.
Administration representatives can give friends and family members tours of specific areas of the West Wing. Before a tour, visitors who are not employees must leave electronics and other belongings in the storage cubbies.
Cocaine was in a cubby, the source said.
After spending the long weekend at the president’s retreat in Camp David, Maryland, Biden and his family left the White House early on Tuesday. According to the source, the Bidens’ visiting relatives usually enter and leave through the East Wing.