Two men arrested in connection to the overdose of a USS Carl Vinson sailor

SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2018) Rear Adm. John Fuller, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, responds to questions during a press conference for Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN 70) homecoming. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Reymundo A. Villegas III/Released)

Two men in Washington State are facing federal drug charges in relation to a USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) sailor who perished after ingesting pills laced with a deadly additive.

The sailor, who died in April, was found with a pocket full of pills containing fentanyl, which were believed to be obtained when CVN-70 was docked in Bremerton.

King County Sheriff’s Deputies utilized a tip-off from the deceased sailor’s comrades and eventually identified a dealer, while further investigation traced the pills back to another man.

In the end, according to the Kitsap Sun, two men were detained- Chase Friedrich and Raoul Normandia Jr.

The fake 30mg Percocet pills found inside the sailor’s pocket were positively linked to Freidrich after a raid at his home turned up seized cocaine, a handgun, and a bag of approximately 100 counterfeit pills of the same type.

The very same pills -as well as guns, ammunition, body armor, 101 grams of cocaine, and 233 grams of MDMA- were also captured when police took Normandia into custody.

CVN-70 has been in Bremerton since the beginning of 2019 as part of a $367 million overhaul.

In 2015, a sailor and his wife plead guilty to smuggling heroin aboard the USS George H. W. Bush.

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