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Army Base On LockDown: Soldiers Investigated for Cocaine Use Or Trafficking

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Several US Army soldiers were arrested on Tuesday at Fort Stewart in Georgia who have either used, are using or trafficking cocaine.

The Army Times reports:

A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pfc. Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

Fort Stewart officials said in a news release that other soldiers were apprehended Tuesday on suspicion of drug crimes, but did not say how many or if they were being charged. Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined to comment further.

CID spokesman Chris Grey confirmed the apprehension but would not say how many soldiers were apprehended and no names were provided.

All vehicles were searched as the base was placed on lockdown.

“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 statement.

Popular Military reported, “An anonymous source at the base told Popular Military that sixty-four soldiers from the 3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion are involved.  It is not clear how many of them have been arrested.  The source said the soldier at the top of the drug ring had ties to a known drug cartel.”

Though the Army release was short on details, it said “close cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, Fort Stewart’s drug prevention and detection programs resulted in these arrests,” according to Coastal Courier.

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“There are over 25,000 men and women serving in the Army at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield who selflessly defend our country every day,” said Maj. Gen. Rainey.  “This incident does not diminish their hard work and sacrifices.”

Of course, it doesn’t diminish their hard work.  Who would ever claim that it would do that?

One thing I can say is the soldiers probably didn’t face a no-knock raid like civilians do, which often end with people being shot, injured or ending up dead.


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