Scandal-hit soldiers who guard the Queen raided by police looking for drugs

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Police launched a large-scale drugs raid on hundreds of scandal-hit soldiers guarding the Queen close to her Windsor Castle home.

The joint military and civilian police operation comes after four Queen’s guards tested positive for cocaine
after breaching Covid-19 rules at a boozy party.

As many as 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards were swabbed for drugs at their barracks.

A joint team of 30 Royal Military Police and civilian officers were involved in the stop-and-search operation, along with a sniffer dog.

They tested wallets, bank cards and other possessions.

Bank cards of five of soldiers revealed traces of Class A drugs – cocaine and ecstasy.

They were not arrested but given a warning and told they now face regular drug screening.

It comes amid growing fears drugs have become rife within the prestigious battalion.

A senior military source told the Mirror: “The Queen has been made aware of the situation and takes a great deal of interest in her guardsmen.”

Military sources said that police and military commanders are deeply concerned soldiers mixing with county lines drugs criminals could endanger their operational ability.

Last week the Mirror revealed that 13 Welsh Guards had been ordered to serve 14 days inside the military prison in at Colchester, Essex, including the four who tested positive for cocaine, for throwing the party.

An Army spokesman said: “Drug abuse is not tolerated in the Army because it is incompatible with military service and undermines our operational effectiveness.

“That is why military and civilian police this week conducted an operation at Combermere Barracks.”

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