02/01/2011 02:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Spice Scandal Hits U.S. Naval Academy

A synthetic recreational drug and purported marijuana substitute is behind the recent expulsion of seven U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, the Washington Post reports.

The drug, called "spice" or "K2," is undetectable by urine drug test and is said to be similar to marijuana. It has been banned by the Navy.

According to the Navy Times, the focus of the Naval Academy's investigation was on a notebook page with an outline for a "spice ring."

The Times has more:

The notebook page seized by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents appears to detail a makeshift business plan for the alleged spice ring, complete with four investors, 18 possible consumers and plans for a party house.

"Plan: upon arrival of loan, $550 each for kilo per month. Start small first, $300-400," the notebook page reads, possibly referring to the career starter loan that juniors receive in the spring, which is often nearly $30,000. "Do not put money in bank. (Keep in cash because we don't want suspicion.)" Navy Times obtained the document from a source with access to investigative records and reports.

The Post reports that spice has not made much of an impact at other campuses in the area, "mostly because marijuana is readily available."