US military responsible for guarding NUCLEAR weapons punished for being HIGH on DRUGS

The drug ring, which began in 2015, was exposed in March 2016 but the details have only surfaced now.

It emerged the group bought, distributed and used the drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months.

Authorities launched the investigation after a member of the Air Force posted a video on Snapchat while smoking marijuana.

According to the New York Post, Charles Grimsley, lead prosecutor, said: “Although this sounds like something from a movie, it isn’t.”

Fourteen members were disciplined and six of them were convicted in courts-martial.

Tommy Ashworth, one of the airmen, told the court-martial that during his LSD trip he was not feeling well but felt “paranoia” and “panic” for hours.

He said: “Minutes felt like hours, colours seemed more vibrant and clear.

“In general, I felt more alive.”

He added: “I didn’t know if I as going to die that night or not.”

Airman 1st Class Nickolos A. Harris, who was the leader of the drug ring, pleaded guilty to distributing LSD at the military base and using a variety of other substances, including ecstasy and cocaine.

He admitted: “I absolutely just love altering my mind.”

The airman also revealed he got access to the drugs, with ease, from civilians off the base.

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He told the court he had previously used it eight times.

Mr Harris was sentenced to 12 months in jail and other penalties — but reached an agreement with prosecutors and avoided a punitive discharge.

An Air Force spokesman claimed the drug use did not take place during duty hours.

He said: “There are multiple checks to ensure airmen who report for duty are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and are able to execute the mission safely, securely and effectively.”

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