Kingpin of U.S. Army cocaine dealing operation sentenced to prison

Left: Pfc. Mario Figueroa-Flores at the time of his arrest in April of last of 2017. Right: photo distributed by U.S. Army WTF moments, purporting to show on of the soldiers involved in the cocaine drug dealing operation at Fort Stewart.

The U.S. Army Pvt. First Class who was arrested and charged with drug trafficking charges at Fort Stewart has been sentenced to prison.

In April of last year, a 90-day investigation by LCSO, Fort Stewart’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency led to the arrest of Mario Figueroa-Flores.

He was one of the multiple soldiers apprehended in the sting, according to a Fort Stewart spokesman. At the time fo the bust, an unofficial source told Popular Military that sixty-four soldiers from the 3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division at the Georgia military base were involved.

At the time, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID), Chris Grey, confirmed the apprehension of other soldiers but would not say how many soldiers were apprehended.

Popular Military‘s source also said Figueroa-Flores had ties to a known drug cartel but this was never confirmed.

During a Feb. 9 court-martial, he was convicted on four counts of cocaine trafficking.

He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, according to an Army release.  When asked about the other soldiers involved, Ken Larson, a Fort Stewart spokesman said, “other soldiers involved were dealt with at the brigade level in actions less than court-martial.”

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