HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Base officials confirmed Wednesday that a vehicle whose occupants may have possessed illegal drugs was mistakenly released after it entered the base, leading to a review of security procedures.
Andrea Mason, Director of Public Affairs, told the Standard-Examiner in a statement that an unauthorized vehicle carrying four occupants entered the base's Roy entrance Monday morning. The vehicle quickly turned around to exit, but base guards stopped it and saw "possible contraband," a Tobacco-like substance in plain sight. The vehicle was searched and detained.
According to the statement, while the vehicle was detained, information about the vehicle was relayed to the base's security forces operation staff. However, that information "did not accurately convey why the vehicle was being searched." Because of that, security mistakenly told the guards to release the vehicle, due to concerns the search had been improper.
Rich Essary, Hill Air Force Base Spokesman, elaborated on the miscommunication, saying the information the security forces received did not make it clear there had, in fact, been probable cause to search the vehicle.
In light of the mistake, the base is looking at its security procedures.
"There was a miscommunication, and we have reviewed our procedures to prevent this from recurring again," Mason's statement read.
Weber County police dispatch confirmed Monday that an attempt-to-locate call was put out on the vehicle after it was released from the base. Dispatch could not confirm Wednesday whether police located the vehicle.
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