The US Navy announced Thursday that it is conducting an investigation into alleged drug use and trafficking by several crew members on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is stationed at the Japanese base in Yokosuka. Katie Cerezo, head of public affairs for Japan’s Naval Forces, confirmed that the Naval Criminal Investigation Service is investigating sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan for alleged illegal possession, consumption, and distribution of drugs.
Cerezo declined to provide details on the number of sailors involved or what type of drugs they are suspected of having distributed, as the investigation is ongoing. However, he emphasized that they take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and are working closely with the relevant Japanese law enforcement agencies.
Japan is home to about 50,000 US troops, most of them stationed at bases located in southern Okinawa, where their presence has generated controversy in the past.
The ongoing investigation is a clear indication that both the US Navy and Japanese authorities are committed to addressing and cracking down on any illegal activity or inappropriate behavior involving military personnel stationed in Japan. It is expected that the results of the investigation will shed light on the extent and nature of the allegations, and appropriate action will be taken accordingly to ensure discipline and integrity within the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan and military personnel in general.
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