Spec Ops soldier busted attempting to smuggle 90 lbs of Colombian coke

Phil Briggs
August 21, 2018 - 2:08 pm

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A soldier from  7th Special Forces Group is under arrest for attempting to smuggle 90 pounds of cocaine into Eglin Air Force Base from Colombia, according to NBC News.

Based on the report, Utah native, Master Sgt. Daniel Gould planned to move two backpacks containing the drugs aboard a military plane. 

Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a USASOC spokesman, told Army Times, “ We are aware of recent allegations concerning a U.S. soldier assigned under U.S. Army Special Operations Command, for reportedly attempting to smuggle narcotics from Colombia into the U.S.”

Though Bockholt could not confirm the identity of the soldier, he explained the drugs were found by Drug Enforcement Agency officials before they were loaded onto the plane, and that a fellow soldier revealed the plot.

Gould, who earned a Silver Star for fighting off enemy combatants in order to save an injured detachment team member, had recently been on vacation in Cali, Colombia.  But, The Army Times, quoting NBC News, reports Gould was already back in the US when the drugs were seized.  He was arrested August 13.

Officials said Gould allegedly used a proxy to move the two bags onto the plane.   It's not clear if the soldier who revealed the plot was part of the plan.