An Air Force Academy cadet faces court-martial Tuesday for allegedly using, manufacturing and distributing drugs including LSD and Molly.
Cadet 3rd Class Nathaniel Lawrence Penalosa allegedly used LSD, methlyenedioxy-methamphetamine — commonly known as MDMA, ecstasy or Molly — and the stimulant Modafinil several times between August 2014 and November 2014, according to a charge sheet obtained by Air Force Times.
And Penalosa allegedly wrongfully manufactured MDMA several times during that period, the charge sheet said.
In a Monday news release announcing the court-martial, the academy stressed that the charges are only accusations at this time, and that Penalosa is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover Air Force operations against the Islamic State.