01-02-2012, 12:01 AM #1
TX - Suspect charged in Texas airport explosives case
updated 1/1/2012 4:22:22 PM ET
MIDLAND, Texas Authorities have charged a member of the U.S. military who was arrested after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, the FBI said Sunday.
Trey Scott Atwater, 30, was stopped at security at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. Saturday. FBI spokesman Mike Martinez said Atwater is being held at the Midland County jail and has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane.
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01-02-2012, 12:04 AM #2Registered User
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Nice to read about TSA actually discovering something instead of confiscating cupcakes.Just my opinion
01-02-2012, 06:47 PM #3
Noticed this from the article above and am wondering now (assuming the man and family also flew to Midland from Ft. Bragg)...did he slip the explosives by security on the way out to Texas, or did he obtain them while he was in Texas?
Atwater and his wife and family had been visiting relatives in the area and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina, according to local media reports.
Public records searches list addresses for Atwater at Fort Bragg and indicate he continues to have relatives in Midland, though there was no answer at phone numbers given in both locations.
01-04-2012, 02:45 PM #4
Green Beret says he didn't know explosives were in bag, complaint says
Man in Texas says he didn't know the C-4 was in his carry-on, a criminal complaint says
The bag also contained children's items, investigators say
The Green Beret was stopped earlier in his trip for a smoke grenade, court documents say
When asked about the earlier incident in Fayetteville, the complaint said, Atwater admitted it had happened but that he had "forgotten to mention it" during his initial interview with law enforcement after he was arrested in Texas.
Law enforcement officials have said Atwater was not involved with anything nefarious. One official also noted he was not carrying a detonator or an initiator and therefore it would not have been possible for the material to blow up.
If convicted, Atwater would face a maximum of 10 years in prison, according to Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of Texas.
Looks like after the first incident he would have checked out his bag for anything else he 'forgot'.
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