Authorities arrested several Fort Stewart soldiers Tuesday who are believed to have used, had or sold cocaine, officials said.

“We dedicate resources and work closely with our local law enforcement partners to identify and suppress illegal drug use in our ranks,” Maj. Gen. James Rainey, senior commander of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, said in a news release.

Local and military law enforcement assisted with the arrests, which Rainey said “does not diminish (other soldiers’) hard work and sacrifices.”

More than 25,000 people serve on the U.S. Army base and Army airfield in southeast Georgia.

Update: Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa was charged with cocaine trafficking as part of the investigation, Army Times reported on Wednesday.

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