Major Drug Bust Sends U.S. Army Base Into Lockdown, Several Soldiers Arrested
On Tuesday, authorities arrested several soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia following a drug investigation that placed the army base on lockdown following a drug investigation, Popular Military reported.
Authorities said the soldiers have been using, possessing, and selling cocaine, and that the drug ring’s leader had ties to a known drug cartel, according to the report.
While the investigation is continuing, a source told the website that there could be as many as 64 soldiers from the “3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion” involved in the drug ring.
One of those arrested on drug trafficking charges was Pfc. Mario Figueroa, 22, the Associated Press reported.
“We dedicate resources and work closely with our local law enforcement partners to identify and suppress illegal drug use in our ranks,” Maj. Gen. James Rainey, senior commander of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield said in a short statement to the media.
“We take this seriously, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure our Army and communities are drug free,” according to WSAV.
“There are over 25,000 men and women serving in the Army at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield who selflessly defend our country every day,” the general continued. “This incident does not diminish their hard work and sacrifices.”