Master Sgt. Daniel J. Gould planned to move the drugs in two backpacks aboard a military airplane, the report said.
“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.," Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a USASOC spokesman, told Army Times.
Bockholt could not confirm the identity of the soldier, but added that the drugs were discovered by Drug Enforcement Agency officials before being loaded onto the plane, and that a fellow soldier discovered and reported the plot.
“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials concerning this matter,” he said. "In order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the rights of the individual, there is no additional information available for release at this time.”
Gould, who received a Silver Star for actions in Afghanistan over a decade ago, had been on vacation in Cali, Colombia, before the bust, but was back in the U.S. when the plan imploded, NBC reported.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.