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Inside Job or Tourist Mishap? White House Grapples with Cocaine Find

By Jake Beardslee · July 5, 2023

Aerial View of the White House  Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In a surprising turn of events at the White House, a bag of suspicious white powder, believed to be cocaine, was discovered in an area accessible to numerous people, including staff, visitors, and even tourists. The president and his family were not present at the time, having left for Camp David. The incident has prompted a precautionary closure of the White House complex as the Secret Service takes charge of the investigation to determine the source and the potential security implications.

The incident came to light on Sunday evening during a routine check conducted by the Secret Service. The substance, suspected to be cocaine, was found in the West Wing work area. Law enforcement officials reported that the area where the bag of powder was found could have been accessed by many individuals, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the item. The president and his family had been away from the White House since Friday and returned on the day of the discovery.

In response to the finding, the Secret Service immediately took action, closing off the affected area and calling in the DC Fire Department for investigation. Preliminary field tests confirmed the presence of cocaine, but the item was determined to be non-hazardous. The substance was subsequently sent for further evaluation to gather more evidence regarding its origin and possible entry into the White House.

The Secret Service has assured the public that a comprehensive review is underway, involving a thorough examination of security camera footage and entrance logs to identify individuals who may have accessed the work area. While early speculations point to tourists as the potential source, authorities are not ruling out the involvement of staff or other visitors.

In a statement released to the media, the Secret Service said, “The item was sent for further evaluation, and an investigation into the cause and manner of how it entered the White House is pending.”

Light Wave commentary

The discovery of suspicious powder at the White House is undoubtedly a matter of concern, raising questions about the security protocols in place to safeguard the White House. While the substance was confirmed to be non-hazardous, the incident highlights vulnerabilities in areas accessible to various individuals, including tourists who regularly visit the iconic location.