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

Posted October 24, 2012 9:52 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2012 10:37 a.m. EDT

— 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.