- A bag of cocaine was found at the White House on July 2, prompting a West Wing evacuation and an 11-day investigation.
- DailyMail.com can reveal photos of the small ziplock bag containing the illicit drug for the first time
- While the Secret Service narrowed the list of suspects to 500 people, no culprit was ever identified.
Photos of cocaine found this summer in a phone locker at President Joe Biden’s White House can be revealed by DailyMail.com for the first time.
The Secret Service included images of the bag of white powder that was found in a locker used to store personal items near the West Executive Entrance of the White House in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The cocaine was found on Sunday, July 2, while the Biden family – including son Hunter – was spending the weekend at Camp David ahead of the July 4 holiday.
The discovery prompted an evacuation of the West Wing and the closure of streets surrounding the White House, then sparked an 11-day investigation once the substance was identified as the illicit drug.
Republicans cried foul when the Secret Service closed the investigation in less than two weeks due to a “lack of evidence.”
DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal the first published photos of the bag of cocaine found at the White House on July 2
Less than a gram of the drug was found in a dime-sized Ziplock bag among storage compartments inside the West Executive Entrance of the White House.
It was in Cubbie No. 50 that less than a gram of cocaine was found at the White House on July 2, triggering a hazardous materials situation and then an 11-day investigation.
The list of suspects had been narrowed down to 500, but security footage failed to identify the owner.
There were also no usable fingerprints or other DNA evidence on the dime-sized zipper bag that contained less than a gram of the drug.
It is unclear if any suspects were questioned during the short investigation.
The Secret Service said the cocaine was sent for “destruction” on July 14, a day after the investigation ended.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s first response to questions about whether the cocaine could belong to a Biden was to point out that they were not at home.
She then attacked a journalist who asked her – five days after the discovery – if she could say “once and for all” that the bag did not belong to a member of the Biden family.
“You know, there has been some irresponsible reporting on the family and so I have to call it out here,” the press secretary said. “And I made that very clear.”
An investigator holds up the test used to determine the substance was cocaine and not something more dangerous like anthrax.
The Secret Service provided new images related to the cocaine investigation in response to DailyMail.com’s Freedom of Information Act request, including this notebook in which someone wrote that an “unknown powder » had been discovered somewhere in the “west wing”.
“I made it clear two days ago…the Biden family was not there, they were not there, they were at Camp David,” she continued. “They weren’t there Friday, they weren’t there Saturday, they weren’t there Sunday. They weren’t even there on Monday. They came back here on Tuesday.
The questions were asked because Hunter Biden wrote an extensive memoir about his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, which included descriptions of heavy cocaine use.
The first daughter, Ashley Biden, also had drug problems and was in a rehabilitation center.
In the days following the discovery, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan suggested that a construction worker may have brought cocaine because it was found near the Situation Room, then in renovation course.
“I would like to highlight the Situation Room situation because I think there has been a lot of questionable reporting on this. The situation room is not in use and hasn’t been in use for months as it is currently under construction,” Sullivan said.
“We are using an alternate situation room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, so the only people going in and out of the break room during this time are workers preparing it,” he added.