Two sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Essex pleaded guilty this month to using and distributing a boatload of drugs in the San Diego area, according to Navy officials and legal filings.
Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Casey T. Balausky, and Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Tyler D. Farley were both charged with conspiring to sell 3.5 grams of cocaine — called an “eight ball” because it weighs an eighth of an ounce — to an undercover Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent in 2018.
Military prosecutors also alleged that from late 2017 through mid-2018, Balausky distributed cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine — what’s better known as the mood-altering stimulant MDMA or “Ecstasy.”
At one point in April, he possessed 11.5 grams of mushrooms and a milliliter of LSD that he planned to traffic, the charge sheets state.
He also faced one specification for allegedly stealing a military arc welder — valued at about $8,300 — in March of last year.