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2 MIDSHIPMEN CAUGHT WITH LSD; 4,000 STUDENTS TESTED FOR DRUGS

After struggling to repair its reputation following sex and cheating scandals, the Naval Academy said Tuesday that two midshipmen had been caught with LSD and that all 4,000 midshipmen were then tested for drugs.

Officials at the academy in Annapolis, Md., quickly played down the incident, emphasizing that they had no evidence of a widespread problem."We feel that there is nothing to lead us to believe that illicit use of drugs by midshipmen is widespread," said Capt. Tom Jur-kow-sky, a spokesman for the academy.

The academy chooses 300 midshipmen at random for urine tests each week, and tests all 4,000 midshipmen at least once a year. Midshipmen found to have taken illegal drugs face nearly certain expulsion.

Yet only two midshipmen have been expelled over the past year, and one of them was a new arrival who failed a drug test his first day at the academy, Jurkowsky said. No midshipmen were expelled during the previous year, he added.

The results of the latest urine tests on the entire student body, conducted on Sunday and Monday, will not be available for a couple weeks.

Two midshipmen were confined to the academy's grounds on Sunday after the authorities said they were caught buying LSD, an illegal hallucinogenic drug. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service caught them outside the academy's grounds, Jurkowsky said.

He refused to release the midshipmen's names, noting that neither had been charged yet with drug possession, although he added that charges were "highly likely."

The Naval Academy first announced on Monday that it had caught the two midshipmen.

The academy was quiet Tuesday afternoon, with midshipmen heading to various athletic programs and a few engaged in the ritual painting of a statue for good luck before a football game. The reaction to the detention of the two midshipmen was mixed, with some feeling that the academy had overreacted while others were angry that fellow students had broken the rules.

A 21-year-old midshipmen who refused to identify himself noted that drug use was probably more widespread elsewhere.

"We're just sort of taken aback by the way people are reacting to it right now," he said. "It's a college atmosphere - take a look at the other universities around and see what's happening there."

Lewis Callaway, a 19-year-old midshipman, smacked his fist in his hand as he said that if he saw the two midshipman who were said to have acquired the LSD, he would "whack these guys on the head."