9 North Carolina Marines convicted of drug-related crimes since November

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Nine members of the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, based 2nd Marine Division have been court-martialed for violating the Marine Corps’ drug policy.

Eight of the Marines have been given bad conduct discharges in addition to their sentences. One Marine was reduced to E-1 in addition to brig time.

All but two of the Marines were lance corporals before their courts-martial, while one was a sergeant and another a corporal.

In total six of the Marines received convictions for crimes related to distribution of a controlled substance.

Seven of the courts-martial, first reported by Task & Purpose, occurred in November, while two more took place in January, according to Marine Corps courts-martial records.

The courts-martial come as the division expanded its drug testing policy to include random LSD testing for the first time since 2006.

“We have a drug problem in the 2d Marine Division,” Maj. Gen. Francis L. Donovan, commanding general for the division, said in a December 2020 press release.

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Roughly 4,000 urinalysis tests were conducted by the division between the summer, when the new policy was implemented, and early December, the release said.

The Marine Corps said fewer than a percent of those tested were found to be positive for the hallucinogenic drug.

The Marine Corps did not say if these courts-martial were related to any positive LSD tests, citing concern for any other potential investigations.

The full list of Marines convicted at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are:

· Lance Cpl. Wyatt Helean, a 0311 rifleman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, was convicted on Jan. 14 at a general court-martial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, of wrongful use, possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

The military judge sentenced the accused to 13 months confinement, reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

· Lance Cpl. Austin Floyd, an 0311 rifleman with Headquarters Company, 6th Marines, was convicted on Jan. 6 at a special court-martial of wrongful use of a controlled substance and violation of a lawful general order.

The military judge sentenced the accused to a bad conduct discharge, 55 days confinement and a reduction to E-1.

· Lance Cpl. Landon H. Pollard, a 0331 machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, was convicted on Nov. 5, 2020, at a general court-martial for failure to obey other lawful written order, false official statement, wrongful use, distribution and possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, domestic violence and obstructing justice.

The military judge sentenced the accused to reduction to E-1, 20 months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

· Lance Cpl. Nicholas Q. Krems, an 1833 assault amphibious vehicle crewman with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, was convicted on Nov. 5, 2020, at a special court-martial of wrongful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The military judge sentenced the accused to reduction to E-1, nine months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

· Lance Cpl. Thomas. M. Miller, an 0311 rifleman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, was convicted on Nov. 4, 2020, at a general court-martial of wrongful distribution and possession of a controlled substance.

The military judge sentenced the accused to reduction to E-1, 18 months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

· Lance Cpl. Sunder A. Pels, an 0352 anti-tank missileman with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, was convicted on Nov. 3, 2020, at a special court-martial of violation of a lawful general order and wrongful distribution of a controlled substance.

The military judge sentenced the accused to reduction to E-1, four months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

· Lance Cpl. Rodney D. Scott Jr., an 0352 anti-tank missileman with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, was convicted on Nov. 10, 2020, at a special court-martial of distribution of a controlled substance.

Consistent with the plea agreement, the military judge sentenced the accused to nine months confinement, reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

· Sgt. Quinten N. Emery, a 3043 supply chain and material management specialist with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, was convicted on Nov. 9, 2020, at a special court-martial of wrongful possession of a military ID, wrongful use of a controlled substance, and wrongful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Consistent with the plea agreement, the military judge sentenced the accused to six months confinement, reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

· Cpl David A. Williams, an 0352 anti-tank missileman with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, was convicted on Nov. 17, 2020, at special court-martial of wrongful possession of controlled substances, obstructing justice, receiving stolen property of a value of more than $1,000 and conspiracy.

The military judge sentenced the accused to two months confinement, reduction to E1 and a bad conduct discharge.

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