45 busted in Navy drug ring, including Marine who used cocaine to start work everyday

(March 1, 2019) Friends and family await the arrival of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) at Naval Base Coronado. Essex (LHD 2), flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, returned to its homeport of San Diego following a successful eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. The deployment marked the first combat deployment of the Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards)

Two San Diego petty officers have been shunted to the brig after dealing a trippy amount of drugs to dozens of Sailors.

Around 45 Sailors are suspected of buying cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD and MDMA from Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Casey T. Balausky and Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Tyler D. Farley.

The dope-doling duo was caught in a sting operation involving NCIS in 2018 and have recently been sentenced for their crimes.

A military judge ordered bad conduct discharges for both, with Balusky being sentenced to 34 months and Farley getting 24 months.

Both men were assigned aboard the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship designed to cater to Marines as they conduct their operations.

The dealers had a detailed list of their clients, which included a Marine Lance Corporal who felt cocaine was the “right way to get ready for work.”

According to the Navy Times, Sailors from other vessels were also purchasing drugs from the two Sailors, including landing dock ships, destroyers, amphibious transport docks, and a cruiser.

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