Military Service Member Charged in Texas Airport Explosives Case

Sunday, 01 Jan 2012 02:44 PM

 

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MIDLAND, Texas — 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 suspect is 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater, who was stopped at Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the FBI.

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.

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