Fort Bragg Soldier Has Hearing Today

A North Carolina soldier who was arrested after a powerful explosive was found in his luggage at a Texas airport could soon learn whether he'll be released from federal custody.

Trey Scott Atwater is scheduled to appear in court Friday in Midland. Last weekend, security screeners at Midland International Airport found C4 explosives in his carry-on bag.

C4 is used in Iraq and Afghanistan to blow hinges off doors or destroy unexploded ordinance.

According to court documents, Atwater told the FBI that he's a demolitions expert and returned from Afghanistan in April. He says his Army special forces team always carried C4, but he didn't know it was in his bag.

The 30-year-old grew up in Midland and was on his way to Fort Bragg, his post in North Carolina.

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  • by patti Location: gvlle on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    he knows he had em in his bag?? look at em in the pupils and smirk mouoth
  • by Biker Dude on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    So soldiers can just leave base with C4? How about grenades? Machine guns? When a congressman sees how it can happen somebody is trying to cover someone.
  • by Biker Dude on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    This story is as fishy as a tuna. Why would a congressman be involved in this?
  • by JG Location: Greenville on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    And you would not notice C4 in your carry on....WHY? If you are an expert wouldn't that mean you are more aware than the rest of us? I know I would notice what I have in my carry on. Epecially, I would be aware of my mouthwash, toothpaste and deodorant bottle sizes!! Oh but not worry that I have C4,DUH!
  • by ThinkOfItWhatYouWill on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:04 AM
    Leave the guy alone.Heck he might have been scheming up US A favor.

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