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Court-martial for Air Force Academy running back on cocaine charges begins

Cadet 1st Class Joseph Saucier, who was a running back last year on the Air Force Academy’s football team, will face a court-martial on drug charges beginning Thursday.

Saucier has been charged with three specifications of a violation of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to a charge sheet released by the academy. Saucier is accused of wrongfully using cocaine between roughly Nov. 11 and Nov. 25, 2018. He also is accused of wrongfully possessing an unidentified amount of cocaine on or about Dec. 17, 2018, with the intent to distribute it. And Saucier is accused of wrongfully possessing marijuana, also with the intent to distribute it, at about the same time.

Midshipmen at the Naval Academy are being disciplined for illegal drug use. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
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Five students at the storied school were busted for using cocaine, mushrooms and other drugs, while four others were faulted for failing to report the drug use.

“It must be emphasized that charges are merely accusations, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the academy said in a Tuesday release announcing the court-martial.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported in February that Saucier had been removed from the team in December as part of an academy investigation.

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