NASA has launched an investigation into a bag of cocaine that was found at the space agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Tuesday.
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.