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CONGRESSMAN: Bragg Soldier Had 5 Lbs. Of Explosives

A congressman says two 2.5-pound blocks of a powerful, military-grade explosive were found in a soldier's luggage at a West Texas airport.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland says FBI and Transportation Security Administration officials have given him details of the Saturday find in Trey Scott Atwater's luggage at Midland International Airport.

Conaway says he takes the 30-year-old Fort Bragg soldier "at his word" that he was unaware the explosives were in his bag.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in a Midland federal court to determine whether Atwater will remain in custody.

Authorities say Atwater had a carry-on bag containing C4, a powerful explosive used in Iraq and Afghanistan to blow the hinges off doors or destroy unexploded ordinance. Atwater grew up in Midland.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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 Hope Mills, N.C., was to make his initial federal court appearance Tuesday. 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 returning to North Carolina after visiting relatives when he was arrested.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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A member of the U.S. military allegedly found with explosives in his airport luggage on New Year's Eve is expected to make his first court appearance.

Trey Scott Atwater was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court. Authorities say the 30-year-old tried going through a security checkpoint at Midland International Airport in Texas with explosives in military-grade wrapping.

Atwater has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane. Relatives have not spoken out since his arrest Saturday or returned multiple phone messages for comment.

Atwater and his family had been visiting relatives and were headed back to his base in North Carolina. Federal authorities handling the case have declined to reveal how many explosives were in the bag or provide details on Atwater's military record.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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Authorities have charged a member of the U.S. military arrested after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping.

The FBI says the suspect is 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater.

Atwater was stopped at Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. Saturday.

FBI spokesman Mike Martinez said Sunday that Atwater is at the Midland County jail and charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane.

He will remain in custody at least until his arraignment Tuesday.

Atwater and his family had been visiting relatives and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina. Atwater had a reservation on a Saturday flight to Dallas-Fort Worth.

It's unclear whether he was in military uniform or how many explosives were in the bag.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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