“Cocaine-Gate”: Who Is Bringing Drugs Into the West Wing?


FILE - The West Wing of the White House, March 22, 2019, in Washington. The White House campus was briefly evacuated Sunday evening while President Joe Biden was at Camp David after a suspicious substance was discovered by U.S. Secret Service in a common area of the West Wing, and a preliminary field test showed the substance was cocaine, two law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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The discovery of a cocaine-filled baggie in the West Wing of the White House is raising security concerns.

Congressman Henry Cuellar sits on the House Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Secret Service. The San Antonio Democrat plans to demand answers about what changes are being made.

“This was cocaine in a bag. Next time you could have another substance that could cause problems,” Rep. Cuellar said.

The baggie was found in a cubby near the executive entrance on the same floor as the situation room and dining area. The congressman says we’re lucky it’s only cocaine and they need to find out how this baggie made it past security.

“What if somebody wants to conceal some sort of substance that could affect the health of the people there? Once they do that, I think there will be a reevaluation as to security to the White House.”

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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