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Posted: 1/27/2006 6:48:34 PM EDT
I guess when the Mexicans were saying that US troops were smuggling drugs, they were not making that up:

8 more agree to guilty pleas in FBI coke-smuggling sting
By Carol Ann Alaimo
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 01.27.2006
advertisementA former Davis-Monthan Air Force Base sergeant and two Tucson National Guard members are among eight people who have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy in the latest prosecutions linked to a cocaine-smuggling and corruption sting operation.
The defendants include five current or former military personnel, a state prison employee and two civilians, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Each of them escorted at least one shipment of cocaine from locations such as Nogales, Ariz., or Tucson to destinations including Phoenix and Las Vegas, the department said in a news release Thursday.
The military members wore combat uniforms and used Humvees and other government vehicles to transport the drugs in an effort to conceal their criminal actions, the department said.
They believed the people they were working for were drug smugglers, but they were actually FBI agents conducting the sting operation.
All the incidents took place between January 2002 and March 2004, during the undercover effort known as Operation Lively Green, which led to dozens of arrests in Southern Arizona and elsewhere.
Forty defendants arrested in the sting operation have already pleaded guilty. Collectively, they and their helpers moved more than 1,540 pounds of cocaine.
Scheduled to plead guilty at the federal courthouse in Tucson on Thursday were:
● Curtis W. Boston II, 24, a former D-M sergeant. Base officials could not immediately say when Boston served at the Tucson base, what his job was or when he left the service.
● Rocky D. Rios, 40, formerly with the Arizona Army National Guard's 1/180th Field Artillery, based at Valencia Road armory in Tucson. Rios, a private first class, left the service in June 2004.
● Spc. Manny J. Vaughn, 24, is still in the military and serves in the same Tucson Guard unit Rios had served in.
● Spc. Joy S. McBrayer-Graham, 34, a military pay specialist in the Arizona Army National Guard's 159th Finance Detachment, based in Phoenix.
● Army Spc. Danielle Browders, 22, an active-duty military police officer currently assigned to an administrative job at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista while her court case is in progress.
Browders was previously assigned to Fort Sill in Oklahoma, where at least seven current and former soldiers have been prosecuted in connection with the drug sting that began in Arizona.
● Barnum G. Haitshan, 34, an Arizona Department of Corrections employee.
● Viviana Hernandez, 24, a civilian.
● Travor J. Richardson, 23, a civilian.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Arizona Army National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Aguirre said the Guard soldiers who are still in the military will likely be referred to an administrative board for possible separation after they are sentenced.
An active-duty soldier convicted of a felony may or may not be separated from the service depending on circumstances of the case, according to Maj. Matt Garner, a spokesman for Fort Huachuca.


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Link Posted: 1/27/2006 6:51:55 PM EDT
That happened a long time ago.

The Mexicans were caught last week.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 6:59:10 PM EDT
Nice try, but the worthless Mexican military did this latest stunt.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 7:09:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By krpind:
That happened a long time ago.

The Mexicans were caught last week.



not that long ago...
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 7:17:35 PM EDT
Doesn't make this incident, which I was unaware of, any less interesting, mind.

NTM
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 9:43:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mcantu:

Originally Posted By krpind:
That happened a long time ago.

The Mexicans were caught last week.



not that long ago...



It happen almost 2 years ago... not exactly current.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 9:45:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By imposter:
I guess when the Mexicans were saying that US troops were smuggling drugs, they were not making that up:



But, their assertion was that the US Military was dressed up like the mexican military......running drugs on the southern border

Not very likely
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 9:49:39 PM EDT
So you're saying the Mexican army smuggles dope into the USA and the US army distributes it?

How does the CIA get its cut? Is Halliburton in on this too???
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:11:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
So you're saying the Mexican army smuggles dope into the USA and the US army distributes it?

How does the CIA get its cut? Is Halliburton in on this too???



Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:25:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
So you're saying the Mexican army smuggles dope into the USA and the US army distributes it?

How does the CIA get its cut? Is Halliburton in on this too???



You know too much. I bet they already have a black helicopter hovering over your house.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:54:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2006 1:57:24 AM EDT by MurdockTheCrazy]
The drug-runner-escorts we just caught were armed with G3s.

Mexican standard issue is the G3.

Sorry, the latest guys were Mexican military.
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