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Soldier accused of having C4 in luggage freed

Posted January 6, 2012

— A soldier accused of trying to bring powerful explosives on a flight from Texas to North Carolina has been freed on bond.

Federal Magistrate Judge David Counts released Sgt. 1st Class Trey Scott Atwater on $50,000 unsecured bond during a hearing Friday in Midland Texas. Atwater will be allowed to return home to North Carolina, where he is stationed at Fort Bragg.

Atwater was arrested after security officers at Midland International Airport allegedly found military-grade C4 explosives in his carry-on bag last Saturday.

FBI agents say Atwater told them he is a demolitions expert and returned from his third tour in Afghanistan in April. They say he told them he didn't realize the C4 was in his luggage.

Security screeners at Fayetteville Regional Airport also stopped Atwater on Dec. 24 when he was flying to Texas after they found a military smoke grenade in his bag.


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  • mfarmer1 Jan 6, 2012


    in earlier reports, it was reported the military would be investigating.

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 6, 2012

    If there is anything unusual with this guy, wouldn't the military would be the best source to investigate this since he is military?

  • flashsparks Jan 6, 2012

    So how much C4? TSA have devices that can detect trace amounts. When I mean trace, I mean microscopic. This could mean the difference between serious jail time and slap on the wrist.

  • u stand corrected Jan 6, 2012

    Well, he must have been such a threat to the US that they let him out on bail. LOL