FBI makes marijuana bust at military base

The Walters Street Gate on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is one part of a state-of-the-art access control point with a visitor control center capable of processing contractor, vendor and visitor access. (Photo by Lori Newman, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs)

FORT SAM HOUSTON –  A college student, Jaime Montanaro of San Antonio,  TX, was stopped at the Walters Gate and taken into federal custody after the on duty guard smelled marijuana and a search of the car revealed a large amount of the drug in his car.

According to Channel 5, Montanaro who turned 20 Saturday while in federal custody, is facing one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, less than 50 kilograms. If he is found guilty he could face up to 5-years in jail and up to $250,000 in fines.

The search of his car also produced an untold amount of cash, and a gun in the glove compartment, sources said.

Montanaro was in possession of a visitor’s pass, suggesting to authorities he had been on the post before.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will determine whether to bring Montanaro up on charges for bringing the gun onto a military post.

The complaint is expected to be filed sometimes today.

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  • Penny M. Polokoff-Kreps earned her BA in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a published author, speaker, FL Supreme Court mediator, and a Guardian ad Litem. She runs a non-profit with her husband, a Vietnam veteran, providing nutritional supplements for veteran cancer survivors, and supporting veterans in obtaining service dogs. She is passionate about veteran's issues especially those related to PTSD and mental health.

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