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2 Sailors Dead From Suspected Cocaine Overdose Near Navy Nuke Sub Base

2 Sailors Dead From Suspected Cocaine Overdose Near Navy Nuke Sub Base

A crew member walks up to a water-tight hatch in the narrow passage way the submarine U.S.S. Alaska Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia. (Stephen Morton/AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:25 PM

Two sailors from the same Navy nuclear base were found dead from a suspected cocaine overdose four days apart, ABC News reported.

U.S. Submarine Forces told the network that Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Jerrell was found dead Oct. 12 in a home in Kingsland, Georgia, 20 minutes from the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

The owner of the home where Jerrell was found, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ty Bell was found dead there on Monday, ABC News reported. A Navy official told CNN that the overdoses were a result of cocaine, but cautioned that the toxicology reports were still pending.

U.S. Submarine Forces representative Sarah Self-Kyler told ABC News that the sailors were friends and former shipmates, but not from the same command.

Jarrell's wife told investigators the family was at Disney World in Orlando on Oct. 11 for Jarrell's daughter's birthday when he said he wasn't feeling well and left the park, WJAX-TV reported. She filed a missing person report with Orange County Sheriff's Office when she could not find her husband once she returned to their hotel room, the television station said.

Jarrell's shipmates, who joined in the search for the sailor found his car at the home owned by Bell, the television station said. Jarrell was located face down unconscious in a back bedroom, and officials pronounced Jarrell dead at the scene, noted WJAX-TV.

When Bell did not report to duty Monday, a U.S. Navy chief sent two sailors to his home, and he was found lying on his back on the couch, unresponsive, with a white foamy substance coming from his nose, the television station said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, WJAX-TV said.

"Initial indications are apparent drug overdose," Lt. Joe Painter, public affairs officer and commander for Submarine Group 10, told WJAX-TV.

In response to the deaths, all commands at the base conducted a urinalysis on every sailor at the base Monday and Tuesday, Self-Kyler told ABC News.

ABC News noted that the U.S. Navy has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

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