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Army Special Forces Soldier Charged With Smuggling Kilos Of Cocaine On Military Aircraft
An Army Special Forces soldier was arrested Monday for smuggling 40 kilos of cocaine into the United States hidden in two backpacks aboard a military aircraft, NBC News reported on Friday.
- Master Sgt. Daniel Gould was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration agents after two military-issue "punch out" bags somehow connected to him were discovered filled with 40 kilos (90 lbs) of cocaine on a U.S. military aircraft bound for Eglin Air Force Base.
- NBC News reports that cocaine was identified after another service member "found the drugs on the plane while it was on the ground in Colombia and reported the discovery."
- Gould, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin, was already in the United States when the drugs were discovered, according to NBC News, which reported that the Green Beret "used a proxy" to get the bags onto the aircraft.
- "We are aware of recent allegations concerning a U.S. soldier assigned under U.S. Army Special Operations Command for reportedly attempting to smuggle narcotics from Colombia into the U.S.," Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt told NBC News. "We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials concerning this matter."
NBC's reporting suggests that Gould had traveled to Colombia "on vacation," which is likely garbage. But just for reference, here's what 35 kilos of cocaine seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2018 look like:
The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and local agencies recovered approximately 35 kilos of cocaine from the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, Florida, July 8, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification at from a good Samaritan of a bale of cocaine floating in the water south of PensacolaU.S. Coast Guard photo
Why Gould thought he could get away with sneaking the stuff into the country on a U.S. military plane without even being there is a puzzle worthy of the Pentagon's top minds.
Search efforts are underway to find a West Point cadet, who has gone missing along with his M4 carbine, the U.S. Military Academy announced on Sunday.
"There is no indication the Cadet poses a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself," a West Point news release says.
Academy officials do not believe the missing cadet has access to any magazines or ammunition, according to the news release, which did not identify the cadet, who is a member of the Class of 2021.
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Esper's trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States' commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump's long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements.
Mark Esper is the third person after James Mattis and Patrick Shanahan to helm the Pentagon since Donald Trump became president, and he's apparently not making much of an impression on the commander-and-chief.
On Sunday, Trump sent a very real tweet on "Secretary Esperanto," which is either a reference to a constructed international language developed more than 130 years ago and only spoken on the PA system in Gattaca or an egregious instance of autocorrect.
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