US Soldier: He Didn't See Explosives While Packing

By: AP
By: AP

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- A soldier accused of having explosives in his carry-on luggage when he entered a Texas airport told investigators he didn't notice any while packing.

Trey Scott Atwater of Fort Bragg, N.C., was to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court. Authorities say the 30-year-old went through a security checkpoint Saturday at Midland International Airport with C-4, a powerful explosive.

Court documents say Atwater told the FBI he's a demolitions expert who returned from Afghanistan in April. He said his Army special forces team always carried C-4, but he didn't know it was in his bag when he returned to the U.S.

Atwater has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane.

Atwater and his family were headed back to North Carolina after visiting relatives when he was arrested.


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  • by Ernie Location: Alamosa on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    sounds to me like either he started tapdancing when he got busted or someone, his significant other maybe, was trying to set him up for a fall! Could go either way...
  • by Bill from Boston (again!) on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    I love our Military. All of them!! Ok, here's the "but"!! This dufus is an idiot!! He's an embarrasment to our Military. I think (duh!) that this jerk should be given a background check back to when he was born!! His B.S. excuse is just an excuse. He needs to be kicked out and charged with as many felonies as possible and serve a lonnnngggg time in prison. IF I were on a plane and it was discovered that an idiot like this had brought explosive materials on to the plane, I would sue in no time, and trust me, not have to worry about mooola for the rest of my life.
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      by ssc2012xyz on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:29 AM in reply to Bill from Boston (again!)
      should we really penalized a returning warrior for an innocent mistake? if it is found to be intentional then yes I agree to punish him, however if this warrior was just returning from war and it was an innocent mistake, then the repercussions should so reflect.
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