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Boeing employees busted for drugs

Dozens of workers charged with selling, possessing or buying painkillers and other drugs

Following weeks of bad press involving a National Labor Relations Board case that alleges Boeing Co. illegally retaliated against its union members, the aircraft manufacturer has made headlines again. Yesterday, the FBI arrested 37 people during a drug bust at a Pennsylvania Boeing plant

Reuters reports that 23 individuals are charged with selling the powerful prescription painkiller Oxycontin and other illegal drugs. Fourteen individuals are charged with trying to purchase illegal drugs.

“This investigation and prosecution focused not only on the sellers, but also on the users because of the critical role that these employees play in manufacturing military aircraft,” U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger told Reuters.

According to Businessweek, Boeing’s Ridley Park, Penn., plant has about 5,400 employees. The plant is part of the company’s Defense, Space and Security unit.  

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