Tyler Lee Wheeler (El Paso County Sheriff's Department)

A former Fort Carson soldier will spend the rest of his life in prison after a 2018 drug robbery that ended in a deadly shootout in Security-Widefield.

Tyler Lee Wheeler was sentenced Monday in the Oct. 7, 2018, death of Kenyatta Horne, 20, who was hit with a blast of birdshot when he was ambushed by a crew of robbers led by Wheeler during what was supposed to be a cocaine deal.

"No sentence that I can impose will bring back your beloved son and nephew," 4th Judicial District Judge Lin Billings Vela told Horne's relatives in the gallery, according to an account by the District Attorney's Office.

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Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf interdicted a low-profile go-fast vessel while patrolling international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in November 2019 and seized more than 3,100 pounds of suspected cocaine from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard/TNS)

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard on Wednesday began unloading about 18,000 pounds of cocaine — with a street value of more than $312 million — at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal that had been seized recently from smuggling vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The drugs were taken in several interdictions of low-profile go-fast boats and a self-propelled submersible known as a "narco submarine" found off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America by five Coast Guard cutters patrolling international waters, officials said. The seizures were made between mid-October and early December.

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An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds)

For some brave U-2 pilots, life on the ground just can't compare to flying a 64-year-old spy plane to the edge of space, but some airmen need that extra rush.

For Capt. Joshua Bird of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, he seemed to have found that rush in cocaine — at least, that's what an official legal notice from Beale Air Force Base said he did.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane intercepted a suspected semi-submersible smuggling vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and seized approximately 5,000 pounds of cocaine October 23.

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Tyler Lee Wheeler (El Paso County Sheriff's Department)

A former Fort Carson soldier was found guilty Thursday on all charges, including first-degree murder, for his role in a gun battle that left one man dead.

Tyler Lee Wheeler, 21, was accused of killing Kenyatta Horne with a shotgun loaded with birdshot during an Oct. 7, 2018, drug robbery over $800 worth of cocaine.

"It all kind of tumbled pretty quickly," El Paso County sheriff's detective Karl Mai testified at a January preliminary hearing in 4th Judicial District Court, describing how Wheeler and a second man opened fire in the street after Horne, 20, drew a pistol.

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Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun refused to answer questions about cocaine use by three of his players during a news conference Tuesday.

Calhoun is the Air Force's highest-paid employee, with a salary set at $725,000 per year plus generous bonuses in his 2013 contract, which has since been extended with accompanying pay raises.

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