Drug detected at the White House has been identified as cocaine


The Secret Service has confirmed that a powdery substance discovered at the White House on Sunday was cocaine, leading to questions about how the drug got into the building. The substance was found in a zip-close bag near an entrance where visitors taking tours are directed to leave their phones. The discovery caused a brief shutdown of the White House after it was found by Secret Service officers in a common storage area on the ground floor of the West Wing, which houses the Oval Office and offices of some of the president's top aides and support staff. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre noted that the area where the cocaine was discovered is "heavily traveled" by visitors. The Secret Service is not ruling out any White House personnel, guests, or visitors. One leading theory is that the bag was brought in by an individual on a White House tour of the West Wing. The Secret Service is leading a full review of how the substance got into the West Wing, including examining cameras and entrance logs to determine who had access to the space. Officials caution this will be a challenging investigation, and it is unclear if anyone was captured on those cameras with the bag of cocaine.


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