From : The Military Times online By Sam Fellman - Staff writer Posted : Monday Jan 24, 2011 12:08:25 EST Seven midshipmen were expelled Thursday from the Naval Academy for “use or possession of spice,” a marijuana-like designer drug banned by the Navy, the school’s spokesman confirmed Monday. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter said the former midshipmen were male sophomores and juniors. Citing privacy laws, Carpenter declined to provide names or further details. The investigation began in September after a midshipman reported spice usage to officials, Carpenter said. “An investigation remains ongoing,” he said. “And any additional allegations will be fully investigated, and where they’re substantiated, we’ll hold the violators accountable.” The expulsions are the most recent in a series of spice incidents throughout the Navy. Investigators broke up spice rings aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington and at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in 2009.