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A group of 19 soldiers from one squadron have tested positive for cocaine and cannabis in the army’s biggest ever drugs bust.
The squaddies from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment had been taking the drugs at the barracks and at their home, sources revealed.
The majority were soldiers of Private rank but at least one was a Lance Corporal.
A source told The Sun: ‘This is off the scale, it has sent shockwaves through the Army. Nineteen in one round of testing is a large number and raises very serious questions.
‘Before lockdown, the regiment were being tested every few weeks but this latest round was the first for quite a long time.
‘These are individual cases as well, it wasn’t one wild night out. Jaws were on the floor with shock.’
Soldiers in the Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire had complained they were bored and had nothing to do.
The army confirmed the bust, saying in a statement: ‘A number of soldiers from 1 YORKS recently failed a compulsory drugs test.
‘The Army does not tolerate drug abuse within its ranks as it is in- compatible with military service and operational effectiveness.
‘Army personnel caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged.’
Drug use is rising in the Armed Forces, latest figures show, with 660 personnel dismissed in 2019 for failing a test.
The number was an increase from 580 two years previously.
The 1st Batallion, Yorkshire Regiment was established in 2004 from the merger of three regular batallions.
Source The Sun Newspaper