3 soldiers, 2 correctional officers, police officer fail drug tests in 2020

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Three members of the Armed Forces of Malta, two officers at the Corradino Correctional Facility and a single police officer failed drug tests last year, figures published in Parliament show.

The figures were provided in three separate parliamentary questions made by opposition MP Beppe Fenech Adami, the Nationalist Party’s home affairs spokesperson, to Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.

The AFM carried out 141 random drug tests among its members last year, excluding the mandatory tests administered to new recruits, cadet officers and new reserves. A prospective recruit failed one of these mandatory drug tests.

While three soldiers tested positive for illicit substances in random drug testing, another soldier refused to take the test and was discharged from the armed forces.

The AFM had confirmed that the soldier refused to take the test last August, when it denied that a “cocaine party” had taken place at Lyster Barracks. It is not known when the three other soldiers failed a drug test.

The Malta Police Force, carried out just two drug tests last year, suggesting that such testing is only carried out if there is a strong suspicion of wrongdoing. Camilleri pledged to strengthen existing laws to ensure that police officers who refuse to take a drug test are disciplined accordingly.

Correctional officers at the CCF were subjected to a total of 41 drug tests. The two who failed the test tested positive for cocaine.