Airman pleads guilty to drug use in court-martial

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  • By 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate Staff
A Vandenberg Airman was sentenced to 441 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge at a court-martial Dec. 13 in the U.S. courtroom here.

Airman James Dumais, 30th Security Forces Squadron, was additionally sentenced to total forfeitures of pay and allowances for one year, and a reprimand after he pleaded guilty to illegal drug use.

Airman Dumais was charged with one count of wrongful use of methamphetamine, and one count of wrongful use of cocaine on two occasions, both violations of Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 112a. At his request, Airman Dumais was sentenced by a panel of officers from Vandenberg.

Airman Dumais will receive 76 days of credit for time already served while awaiting trial, leaving him to serve 365 days of confinement at a federal penitentiary.

According to the record of trial, several of Airman Dumais' urinalysis results were confirmed positive for the presence of methamphetamine and cocaine at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at Brooks City Base, Texas. These latest positive urinalysis results occurred after Airman Dumais was convicted of abusing over-the-counter medication at a prior summary court-martial August 25, 2006.

"This case sends a strong message that the Air Force drug testing program works, and that drug use is incompatible with military service and will not be tolerated," said Capt. Anthony Scalice, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate, who led the prosecution team and was assisted by Capt. Annie Waltman, also from 30th SW/JA.