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Naval technician was on drugs, prosecutors say

SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Navy missile technician accused of sabotaging cables on a Trident nuclear submarine was on LSD, cocaine and methamphetamine at the time, prosecutors said.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto G. Cimmino, 23, of Scotia, was arrested Nov. 26 as the USS Alaska sat at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard near Seattle. The sub was being overhauled to handle the larger and more powerful Trident II missiles.

Cimmino faces 23 counts for allegedly cutting 106 cables. Prosecutors say he confessed to damaging 20 cables so he wouldn't have to go to sea.