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#1 DKTanker

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 1751 PM

I wasn't sure whether to put this in Military Current events, which it is, or in the FFZ so people could get their political on.  Either way, it is a sad state of affairs.

 

 

An anonymous source at the base told Popular Military that sixty four soldiers from the 3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion are involved.  It is not clear how many of them have been arrested.  The source said the soldier at the top of the drug ring had ties to a known drug cartel.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pvt. First Class Mario Figueroa on drug trafficking charges, according to Maj. Jeff Hein of the LCSO Drug Task Force.  The arrest was the result of a 90-day investigation by LCSO, Fort Stewart’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

 

http://popularmilita...aine-drug-ring/



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 2109 PM

Question:

 

Are we seeing a "hollow forces era" like wot was said to happen after VN War? ISTR that there was a drug problem in the US military during and after the VN war.

 

Considering that there are some parallels with the ongoing sandbox wars aka The Forever War and the VN War, could it be we are once again back in the 1970s?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 2325 PM

Question:

 

Are we seeing a "hollow forces era" like wot was said to happen after VN War? ISTR that there was a drug problem in the US military during and after the VN war.

 

Considering that there are some parallels with the ongoing sandbox wars aka The Forever War and the VN War, could it be we are once again back in the 1970s?

 

No,we're not.  The US Army as a whole doesn't have an illegal drug problem.  But the drug cartels have a major motivation to infiltrate the US Army: It's a way to gain access to weapons-trained personnel, gain intelligence on any moves made against a cartel that involve the army, and to disrupt and corrupt the US Army in order weaken it.  The strong majority of their attempts do not succeed, but they've got enough money and people that it was only a matter of time before some sort of cartel operation took root for a time.



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 0947 AM

Shades of Buffalo Soldiers.

 

We had a similar problem to that which you describe DF. A member of the Royal Marines (think he had even been to Afghanistan IIRC) was arrested supplying weaponry to disaffected Republicans in Ulster. The theory was he joined specifically to gain kit for them, and despite warnings by the local community, he was allowed to join the armed forces. Go figure.






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