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Soldier pleads guilty to smuggling $1M in VCRs into US

Posted October 24, 2012
Updated October 25, 2012

— A Fort Bragg soldier pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that she illegally shipped more than $1 million worth of VCRs from Afghanistan back to the United States

Staff Sgt. Tonya Long, 29, of Fayetteville, pleaded guilty to charges of bulk cash smuggling and aiding and abetting.

Long was assigned to a 189th Combat Sustainment Battalion and worked as a customs inspector from January 2008 until April 2009.

During that time, she helped another member of the military smuggle the devices out of a war zone.

"Her conduct undermines our international mission and our reputation as a nation overseas," U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said in a statement.

It's unclear when Long will be sentenced or why she helped smuggle the VCRs.

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  • achilles7ls2 Oct 25, 4:38 p.m.

    That is quite an accomplishment, imagine the shear size or number of shipments that took!

  • jrbraswell Oct 25, 3:34 p.m.

    That is the thing about electronics...I remember paying almost $400 for a VCR long ago, now they are worth nothing.

  • justjean Oct 25, 1:39 p.m.

    "A Fort Bragg soldier pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that she illegally shipped more than $1 million worth of VCRs from Afghanistan back to the United States". New spin on the story, VCR is an acronym for very cute rear. Now it's an interesting story.

  • cynda-ur-way Oct 25, 1:28 p.m.

    "I got a VCR in the back of my car" Dr. Dre and Snoop dog on the chronic.

  • clintoflannagan Oct 25, 12:57 p.m.

    She should receive a medal and promoted to General. If she has the logistical capability to find, secure and ship approximately 100,000,000 VCR's into the US from the Middle East she's obviously a genius.

  • Scubagirl Oct 25, 12:26 p.m.

    A month ago they posted a story on her that makes a bit more sense-thanks to HankScorpio for the link AND for doing the job of the reporter.

  • Scubagirl Oct 25, 12:24 p.m.

    And how do you get cash out of this statement? " more than $1 million worth of VCRs"

    I get VCRs

  • romneycare Oct 25, 11:36 a.m.

    confusing article... one says 1m Cash, another says 1m worth of VCRs

  • soulcandy Oct 25, 11:18 a.m.

    Where the heck did a Staff Sgt. get $1m ?

  • wdprice3 Oct 25, 11:06 a.m.

    $1 million worth of VCRs? What is that, like 5 million VCRs?

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