A suspicious substance discovered inside the White House has been confirmed to be cocaine. The substance was found on Sunday evening when uniformed officers of the Secret Service stumbled upon the substance during their routine patrols, leading to heightened security measures and a brief evacuation of the West Wing area.
Late Monday evening, The Washington Post reported that the substance, which was initially described as a white powder, tested positive for cocaine. According to an official familiar with the investigation and a recording of a dispatch from a D.C. fire crew, the test results indicated the presence of cocaine hydrochloride.
At approximately 8:49 p.m. on Sunday, a firefighter from the D.C. Fire Department hazmat team reported the findings, stating, “We have a yellow bar saying cocaine hydrochloride.” These details were corroborated by photos taken by an independent journalist, which showed the hazmat crew arriving at the White House about an hour before the dispatch.
According to The Washington Post, the anonymous official familiar with the investigation confirmed that the dispatch originated from the White House call on Sunday night. The official also clarified that the quantity of the substance found was small.
While the U.S. Secret Service spokesman, Steven Kopek, declined to comment on ongoing investigations, another spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, informed The Washington Post that further tests would be conducted to determine the nature of the substance and findings will be conducted into how it managed to enter the White House in the first place.
In an official statement to Fox News Digital, the U.S. Secret Service spokesperson explained, “On Sunday evening, the White House complex went into a precautionary closure as officers from the Secret Service Uniformed Division investigated an unknown item found inside a work area. The DC Fire Department was called to evaluate and quickly determined the item to be non-hazardous.”
“The item was sent for further evaluation, and an investigation into the cause and manner of how it entered the White House is pending,” the spokesperson said further.
President Joe Biden was reportedly not present at the White House when the substance was discovered. According to FOX’s Jacqui Heinrich, he was at Camp David with his family from Friday till Tuesday morning.
Nevertheless, the discovery has piqued interest, given how restricted the West Wing is. Typically, visitors are only allowed to visit the East Wing and Residence, while the West Wing, where the president and other senior officials have their offices, remains off-limits.
While fingers have both directly and subtly pointed to Hunter Biden who reportedly has a history of cocaine use and was at the White House grounds before the Biden family trip on Friday, the result of the investigation is a curious development to look out for.
Cocaine found on White House premises, dispatch call shows… First son Hunter Biden, 53, who has acknowledged a prior addiction to crack cocaine, was on the White House grounds Friday before heading off to Camp David with his father for the holiday weekend https://t.co/57l9KR1cWU
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) July 4, 2023
Hunter Biden has been rumored to be living in the White House and now cocaine is discovered in the West Wing.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) July 4, 2023