Witnesses accuse cadet of buying drugs from online black market and selling them at academy

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Cadets from the Air Force Academy say they were provided black market drugs by a fellow cadet who bought them on the Internet and had them shipped to the academy.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1NCCQHc ) three cadets were granted immunity from criminal charges to testify against Nathaniel Penalosa, who is charged with 10 drug crimes, including manufacturing, using and distributing a methamphetamine derivative called "molly."

At Monday's hearing, witnesses accused Penalosa of buying prescription and illicit drugs online and then dealing them.

Penalosa, a former airman who earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, had a sterling reputation at the school until a random inspection of his dorm room last fall uncovered drug residue and possible drug paraphernalia.

The evidence gathered at the hearing will determine if Penalosa will face a court-martial.

Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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