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Robins Air Force Base conducts drug sweep in maintenance area

WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base security forces conducted a drug sweep in the maintenance area Thursday.

About 60 law enforcement personnel including local law enforcement drug dog teams were involved in the search, according to an email from Faye Banks-Anderson, deputy director of public affairs at Robins.

She did not say whether any drugs has been found, but she said no arrests have been made at this time.

“A drug dog sweep through public work areas is a way for installation commanders to ensure a drug-free, safe, and effective work environment,” she said in the email, in response to a question from The Telegraph about what prompted the search. “The sweep is an effective way to evaluate whether any of the work force may be using or possessing illegal drugs.”

Ron Robertson, a former base union vice president who is now retired, said he has spoken to several people who were working at Robins Air Force Base on Thursday. Robertson said the search in the maintenance area was widespread. He said he never saw drugs on base in his 22 years of working there.

Robertson said people who work on base know they are subject to being searched once they cross through the gates.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.