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Airman convicted for drug use

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  • By 36th Wing Legal Office
An Airman was convicted Sept. 14 by a summary court-martial, convened by Brig. Gen. Douglas Owens, 36th Wing commander, for wrongful use of marijuana.

After testing positive for marijuana in a random urinalysis test in April, Airman Zachary Saldana, 36th Operations Support Squadron, confessed to wrongfully using marijuana with another Airman approximately 20 times between January 2007 and March 2007. 

Airman Saldana also admitted to smoking in his dorm room, the other Airman's dorm room and at an off-base club. 

After confessing in May to his repeated marijuana use, Airman Saldana provided another urine sample that also tested positive for marijuana. 

The summary court-martial officer sentenced Airman Saldan to 30 days confinement, two-thirds forfeiture of pay for one month and a reduction in grade to E-1.

Airman Saldana is serving his sentence at the Andersen confinement facility.

Capt. Ben Beliles and Capt. Jennifer Sanchez from the 36th Wing Legal Office were trial counsel for the Air Force. Capt. Nina Padalino from the Kunsan Area Defense Counsel Office served as defense counsel for Airman Saldana.

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