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Fort Stewart Soldier Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

19 April 2017 – HINESVILLE, GA.
A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a
drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his
arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest
followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

Fort Stewart officials said in a news release other soldiers were apprehended
Tuesday on suspicion of drug crimes, but did not say how many or if they
were being charged. Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined to
comment further.

Hein said investigators questioned the soldiers and several were cleared of

It was not immediately known if Figueroa had an attorney. In Georgia,
someone can be charged with cocaine trafficking for possessing 28 grams
or more.

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