A source with knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday that the cocaine that was found at the White House on Sunday was located in a cubby hole in a West Wing entry area. This is the same area where visitors deposit electronics and other items before going on tours of the building.
According to the White House, the Secret Service is conducting an investigation into the situation. “At this time, they are reviewing the visitor logs as well as looking at the cameras. Those are the steps that come after that. “We’re doing some additional checking,” the insider added.
Karine Jean-Pierre, a spokesman for the White House, told reporters that the location where the discovery was made is a regularly frequented area that many visitors to the West Wing pass through.
Jean-Pierre responded as follows when asked whether anyone had submitted themselves to drug testing as part of the investigation: “We will take any action that is appropriate and warranted, pending the outcome of the Secret Service.”
In accordance with the Controlled Substances Act of the United States, possession of cocaine, which falls under the category of a “Schedule II” substance, is considered a class one misdemeanor in the District of Columbia.
Affixed to the presidential mansion in which President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden make their home is a structure known as the West Wing.
It features the Oval Office, a cabinet room, and space for presidential personnel to do their work. On a daily basis, the West Wing is visited by hundreds of people, including members of the political staff, guests of those staff members, and members of the press.
According to Jean-Pierre, tours of the West Wing were given on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
On Sunday evening, the Secret Service conducted a routine search and found the material. On Wednesday, a representative for the Secret Service did not reply to calls for comment on the matter. The government has not provided any information regarding the amount of cocaine that was found.
As a result of the discovery, the White House compound was evacuated for a short time on Sunday. At that time, President Biden and his family were not present in the White House.
On Wednesday, reporters yelled questions about the cocaine at Biden, but he did not respond to those questions. Jean-Pierre stated that the president believes it to be “incredibly important” to uncover the truth about the situation.
Friends and family of administration officials can take part in guided tours of the West Wing at their request. Before going on a tour, visitors who are not members of the staff are required to store their personal things, including devices, in one of the storage cubicles.
“It was in one of the cubbies,” the insider stated about the cocaine, referring to the storage spaces.
After spending the holiday weekend at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland, President Joe Biden and his family made their way back to the White House early on Tuesday morning. According to the source, members of the Bidens’ family who come to see them often enter and leave the residence through the East Wing.