2 Esquimalt-based navy crew charged in Japan with drug use

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.

'These allegations are obviously troubling,' says Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier

HMCS Winnipeg is based out of Esquimalt, B.C. (LS Ogle Henry/HMCS Winnipeg)

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.

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