A laboratory test conducted in the US on Wednesday has confirmed that the white powder found at the White House over the weekend was indeed cocaine. This discovery has prompted an investigation by the Secret Service and the FBI to determine how the drug made its way into the West Wing. However, officials are acknowledging that it may be difficult to identify the culprit responsible for the incident.
The initial discovery was made by uniformed Secret Service officers who found a small, zippered bag in an electronics storage locker on Sunday. The presence of the white powder led to the evacuation of the White House until a field test confirmed that it was cocaine. The subsequent lab test solidified these findings, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
An official familiar with the probe, as reported by Politico, has voiced concerns regarding the difficulty of identifying the person responsible for the bag of cocaine. The area in which the locker is located is frequented by both White House staff members and visitors. This makes it challenging as there may not be any surveillance cameras that captured the individual handling the drugs. Politico describes the area as highly trafficked, further complicating the investigation.
President Joe Biden and his family were not present at the White House during the incident as they were at Camp David over the weekend. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that President Biden has been briefed on the matter, and the Secret Service and the FBI are actively investigating.
It is worth noting that cocaine is classified as a Schedule II narcotic in the United States, meaning it is illegal to possess without a prescription from a doctor. This incident carries further significance due to the drug’s personal connection to President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Hunter has openly discussed his addiction to cocaine in a recent memoir, acknowledging video evidence discovered on a laptop left behind at a Delaware repair shop.
As the investigation continues, media outlets have speculated on the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in their attempts to find the individual responsible for the cocaine found at the White House. The lack of surveillance footage and the high volume of foot traffic in the area make it difficult to pinpoint the perpetrator. Consequently, it remains uncertain whether the culprit will be identified.
The Secret Service and the FBI are expected to utilize all available resources to unravel this incident and ensure the safety and security of the White House. The discovery of cocaine within such a high-profile and secure location raises concerns about potential vulnerabilities in the system. The investigation and its findings will undoubtedly shed light on the efficacy and robustness of current security measures.