The cocaine was found in the space shuttle Discovery's hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovered by a shuttle worker outside a bathroom, NASA has begun a full investigation and drug testing the 200 employees who have access to the restricted area.
"This is a rare and isolated incident, and I'm disappointed that it happened, but it should not detract from the outstanding work that is being done by a dedicated team on a daily basis," said Bob Cabana, a former astronaut and director of the Kennedy Space Center, in a statement. "We are conducting an investigation and working with center security and law enforcement officials to get to the bottom of it."
"NASA, as well as all of our contractors, has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use," spokesman Allard Beutel told SPACE.com today. "This is being taken very seriously." NASA officials added that the consequences of such actions are severe.