The Secret Service recently closed off all investigations surrounding the shocking discovery of cocaine within the premises of the White House. The drugs were reportedly found inside a plastic bag located near the West Wing, where visitors leave their cell phones. However, lab results remain inconclusive about any plausible suspects, as stated by those involved in the case to the Washington Post.
According to the Secret Service, the tests conducted on the plastic bag provided no usable DNA or fingerprint evidence that could potentially help identify a suspect from the “hundreds” of individuals that passed by the area.
Reports confirm that the drugs were found in a receptacle typically used to store personal and electronic devices temporarily before accessing the West Wing. Adding to the lack of concrete evidence, a statement by the Secret Service affirmed that no surveillance footage was found to help accelerate the investigation.
The statement made by the Secret Service further affirms that the investigation has been closed off as concrete physical evidence is yet to be found, rendering the case difficult as no individual that was present during the discovery of the cocaine can be singled out as a person of interest. Hence, the case has been officially closed.
A source reported to CNN that one of the leading theories set by investigators around was that the cocaine was deserted by a visitor touring with a group and likely occurred when visitors were requested to leave behind their belongings near the West Wing.
The History of “Alleged” Drug Uses in the White House
As bizarre as the case is, this is not the first time an illegal drug case within the Executive Mansion made news headlines. Among the plethora of drug speculation and claims that occurred in the White House, the ones surrounding President Kennedy came with massive asterisks or were at least stamped with the word “ALLEGEDLY. “
One of the stories indicates a pot-smoking session with Mary Pinchot Meyer, who was allegedly known as JFK’s mistress. Another story follows suit of amphetamine and steroid injections prescribed to Kennedy by a Physician nicknamed as “Dr. Feelgood” for his back condition.
Misleading Reports and Debates Over the Involvement of the First Family
Earlier reports of the case noted the discovery of the drug around the Situation Room. However, Jake Sullivan, the National Security advisor, claimed the report to be misleading. He further noted that the mentioned room, i.e., the Situation Room is currently under renovation and unused.
The idea surrounding the involvement of a first family member in bringing the drug has been highly discussed in conservative programs and social media. The discussion is further fuelled by the fact that President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is, in fact, a former drug addict.
However, the speculation was quickly debunked as the first family, which included Hunter Biden, were all present at Camp David days before the cocaine discovery. This means that the cocaine would have gone unnoticed for a certain period if Hunter Biden was indeed responsible for the drug. Moreover, family members are not typically required to place their personal belongings inside the cubby hole before entering the West Wing.
The case was also met with criticism from certain state officials. Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton voiced out his opinion on Twitter by stating how high schools are able to figure out when children bring marijuana, yet the White House can’t.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, the GOP Rep., also opined to reporters about failure due to lack of cameras within the White House and further questioned why authorities could not carry out a simple drug test of the individuals that were present during the discovery.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio also joined the wagon by claiming the situation as absurd and not true. He further stated that the idea of someone walking with cocaine inside the White House and dropping it off without anyone knowing or the inability to narrow down at least 25 individuals that were present in the area is ridiculous.
Despite the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, saying the White House had “confidence that they will get to the bottom of this” last week, it is unlikely at this point that a suspect will turn up.
However, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert appeared to be unwavered by such opinions as the Congresswoman recently tweeted a video, which seemed to be of herself standing outside a door with the label “restricted area.”
Boebert further wrote about heading to the White House to get plausible answers from the Secret Service regarding the cocaine found near the Oval Office. The Congresswoman added that it’s outrageous how the administration is still yet to disclose the culprit's identity considering the surveillance placed within the White House. Boebert ended the statement by writing, “More soon!