Lab tests confirm that the powder found in the West Wing of the White House is cocaine, sparking an investigation into how it came to be there.
Event Details: A routine sweep by U.S. Secret Service agents on Sunday resulted in the discovery of the small bag of cocaine in the White House’s busy lobby area.
* The discovery led to a brief evacuation of the complex while the fire department conducted tests to ensure the substance was not hazardous.
* Lab analysis confirmed that the substance was indeed cocaine.
Investigation Status: The individuals responsible for bringing the drugs into the White House have not yet been identified.
* The Secret Service, tasked with securing the White House, is scrutinizing visitor logs and security footage as part of their investigations.
* If a White House staff member was found responsible, identification would be easier due to pre-existing measures like fingerprinting and drug tests. Visitors, however, would be harder to trace.
Reactions: President Joe Biden was not on-site at the time, but he has been briefed on the situation and emphasizes its serious nature.
* “The president thinks it’s incredibly important to get to the bottom of this,” stated press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
* Confidence in the Secret Service remains strong, according to the White House.
Pending Actions: The Secret Service released a statement saying they are “evaluating” the item and continue to investigate how it entered the White House.
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