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Canadian army gunner charged with feeding cannabis-laced cupcakes to artillery unit


Canadian army gunner charged with feeding cannabis-laced cupcakes to artillery unit during live-fire exercise leaving them ‘paranoid, tired and confused’

  • Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell is facing a court martial on 18 charges against her
  • She allegedly distributed cannabis-laced cupcakes to soldiers in an artillery unit
  • The soldiers, who had not provided consent, were involved in a live-fire exercise
  • Charges date back to 2018 at Canadian army’s Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown

A Canadian army gunner has been court martialled after allegedly distributing cannabis-laced cupcakes to members of an artillery unit.

Court documents allege that the unsuspecting troops suffered sudden onset paranoia, fatigue and confusion after eating the cupcakes.

Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell is facing a total of 18 charges consisting of eight counts of administering a noxious substance, nine counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, and one count of behaving in a disgraceful manner, CTV News reports.

A Canadian army gunner has been court martialled after allegedly distributing cannabis-laced cupcakes to members of an artillery unit (stock image)

According to a military judge’s summary of the charges, the affected soldiers were left unable to ‘properly execute safe weapons and explosive handling drills’. 

The allegations, from 2018, concern an incident at the Canadian army’s Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick.

At the time, Cogswell had been working in the canteen during an intensive three-week combat training scenario with the Royal Canadian Artillery School, called Exercise Common Gunner. 

Cogswell allegedly handed out cupcakes containing cannabis to her colleagues in her battery.

Court documents said: ‘All the members of W Battery who consumed the cupcakes, except one, allegedly experienced symptoms which included dehydration, overheating, fatigue, confusion, dry mouth and paranoia.’

Every soldier was treated by medical staff and the military police were called in to investigate the incident. 

According to a military judge's summary of the charges, the affected soldiers were left unable to 'properly execute safe weapons and explosive handling drills' (stock image)

According to a military judge’s summary of the charges, the affected soldiers were left unable to ‘properly execute safe weapons and explosive handling drills’ (stock image)

A spokesperson for the Judge Advocate General’s office said that Cogswell was not serving in a supervisory role with the artillery school at the time of the alleged offence, and she remains a Canadian Armed Forces member. 

The spokesperson also said that this incident represents the first court martial for allegedly administering cannabis to colleagues without consent.

Cogswell, who has served with the Canadian Army’s regular forces since June 2011 will face the court martial in August. 

None of the allegations made against Cogswell have been proven or tested in a court of law. 

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