Boeing Workers Charged After Drug Sting At Philadelphia Plant

Boeing workers charged with drug use

For more than three dozen Boeing workers, it seems that making aircraft wasn't their favorite way of getting high.

A four-year investigation by federal agents turned up illegal sales of prescription drugs, including oxycodone and Xanax, at a Boeing plant near Philadelphia that makes military helicopters.

Boeing said Thursday that it informed federal authorities of its suspicions about drug activity at the Ridley Park plant after an internal investigation, The Associated Press reports.

A company spokesman also said in a prepared statement Thursday that employees are tested if they're suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Federal agents raided the Boeing plant and charged more than three dozen people with distributing or trying to get prescription drugs, AP says.

All but one of the 37 people charged were current or former Boeing employees.

The arrests were made at the plant by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Workers there build aircraft that includes the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey.

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