Queen's Guards Fired for Drugs

Five members of a ceremonial unit test positive
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:57 PM CDT
A soldier mans the main gate of St John's Wood barracks, home of the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, in London Aug. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Five soldiers from the Queen of England's ceremonial guard unit have been fired after testing positive for Class A drugs, reports the Times of London. A failed test is virtually a guaranteed career-ender in the British Army, and only a slim 0.8% of personnel have tested positive in the last 3 years. The three men and two women were in the Royal Horse Artillery, which represents the army during state events.