NCO Tested Positive for Cocaine Use: Not Guilty
Non-Commissioned Officer tested positive for cocaine use during urinalysis. NCO consumed a Latin herbal tea made with coca leaves, a major component to cocaine, several hours before the urinalysis. NCO had an impeccable service record and innocently ingested tea without knowing its composition.
RESULT: Accordingly, she was found not guilty of wrongful cocaine use or any other misconduct following a hearing before an Administrative Separation Board.