This week, the first photos of a cocaine discovery in the White House earlier this year were made public by the Daily Mail, which obtained the images via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the outlet confirmed.
The photos were taken by the Secret Service, who found the cocaine in locker 50 (a locker used to hold personal belongings), close to the West Executive Entrance, they reported.
Earlier this year, the Secret Service closed its investigation of the incident without identifying a suspect, per RSBN. The cocaine was initially discovered in the White House on July 2, 2023.
The photos show locker 50, along with a small bag of cocaine in a plastic bag inside the cubby. Via the Daily Mail, they also uncovered documents and emails regarding the Secret Service’s investigation, including discussions about the substance and how to handle the scandal and the press.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has a long history of extreme drug and substance abuse, which spurred many observant Americans to postulate that Hunter could be responsible for the cocaine. Via RSBN, President Trump even remarked that the cocaine likely belonged to Hunter or Joe.
“Does anybody really believe that the COCAINE found in the West Wing of the White House, very close to the Oval Office, is for the use of anyone other than Hunter & Joe Biden,” he wrote on Truth Social this past summer.
Journalist Nick Sorter commented on X, “The drug was found in a highly secure area of the White House accessible only to top-level staffers and direct guests of the President, including the first family. The Secret Service suspended their investigation after only ELEVEN DAYS and never bothered to narrow down the suspect list.”
Per the Daily Mail’s report, Joe Biden and his family were staying at Camp David at the time the cocaine was discovered in July.