2 Esquimalt-based navy crew charged in Japan with drug use
'These allegations are obviously troubling,' says Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier
Two crew members aboard HMCS Winnipeg, which is based in Esquimalt, B.C., have been charged in Japan with using a controlled substance, the Royal Canadian Navy said Tuesday in a statement.
The pair were detained Monday while the ship was in Tokyo for a port visit.
The navy said that originally three crew members were detained, including two members of the military and a civilian employee. One of the military crew has since been released, but the other two were charged.
"These allegations are obviously troubling," said Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier in a written release, which pointed out the navy has a zero-tolerance policy for illicit drug use.
"All of our personnel, military and civilian, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit to the navy, the Canadian Armed Forces, and our country as a whole."
No mention was made of the type of drugs involved. The navy says it's working with the Canadian Consulate and Japanese authorities.