Coast Guard investigating its own

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) Several members are off duty as an investigation is underway for alleged illicit drug activity.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported the probe could take a couple of weeks at the minimum.

    Lt. Cmdr. Raymond Reichl refused to give the number of people involved or why the investigation began.  He did say it could deal with anything from drug possession to the wrongful use of prescription medication.

    A variety of units could be impacted.

    "Drug use does not align with the core values of the Coast Guard and is illegal," said Capt. Melissa Rivera, 17th Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. "The Coast Guard takes reports of illicit drug activity seriously and fully investigates these reports to determine an appropriate level of accountability."

    While the members under investigation have been removed from duty status, the lack of there presence will not impact the Coast Guard's ability to perform search and rescue and other missions.

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