MINOT, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base is investigating after marijuana was allegedly discovered in the above-ground part of a nuclear missile facility controlled by the base.

Air Force officials started looking into reports of illegal drugs at a missile alert facility on Oct. 9, according to a news release from the base, which is home to a B-52 bomb wing and oversees a group of Minuteman III ballistic missile launch sites. There was no evidence that illegal drugs were in the below-ground portions of the missile facility or near missile operators, the base said.

The investigation was publicized after a post was made to a popular Air Force Facebook page claiming that an airman was caught smoking marijuana at one of the base's missile alert facilities, military news website Task & Purpose reported Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Base spokesperson Lt. Victoria Palandech confirmed that the base was investigating a report of marijuana and said the Air Force will not provide further information about the incident until its investigation is complete.

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