Late last week the United States Secret Service ended its investigation into who brought the illegal drug, cocaine, into the White House. The agency declared the decision was due to ‘lack of physical evidence’, despite the fact that the presence of cocaine is quite literally physical evidence. But alas, who can be bothered with illicit drug use in the most important and secure building in the United States.
Only eleven short days after the drug was found in a secure part of the West Wing, close to the famous situation room, Secret Service threw their hands up and succumbed to the lucky drug user who will never face consequences.
“There was no surveillance video footage found that provided investigative leads or any other means for investigators to identify who may have deposited the found substance in this area,” the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement.
“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. At this time, the Secret Service’s investigation is closed due to a lack of physical evidence.”
The Center Square reports of the incident:
Additional forensic testing at Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab sought to determine its chemical composition and “the packaging was subjected to advanced fingerprint and DNA analysis,” according to the Secret Service.
“While awaiting the FBl’s results, the Secret Service investigation into how this item entered the White House continued. The investigation included a methodical review of security systems and protocols,” according to the Secret Service. “This review included a backwards examination that spanned several days prior to the discovery of the substance and developed an index of several hundred individuals who may have accessed the area where the substance was found. The focal point of these actions developed a pool of known persons for comparison of forensic evidence gleaned from the FBI’s analysis of the substance’s packaging.”
On Wednesday, the Secret Service got results from the FBI lab: No latent fingerprints and not enough DNA for comparison.
“Therefore, the Secret Service is not able to compare evidence against the known pool of individuals,” according to the Secret Service.
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