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RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Federal authorities have arrested about three dozen current and former employees of Boeing’s Ridley Park plant, and it is alleged they were dealing and doing drugs on the job.

Most of those charged were arrested at the Delaware County facility early Thursday morning.

U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger says the four year investigation began when Boeing brought their suspicions of drug activity to federal authorities.

“The investigation in this case focused not only on the sellers, but also on the users because of the critical role that these employees play in the manufacture of military aircraft. During the investigation, Boeing officials, who were cooperating with law enforcement, advised us
that they were monitoring the manufacturing process to ensure the integrity and safety of the aircraft. To date, we are not aware of any accidents that occurred during our investigation involving any Boeing aircraft manufactured at the Ridley Park plant,” Memeger explained.

Authorities say the illegal prescription drugs included Xanax and Oxycontin.

Reported By Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio

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