“Daniel J. Gould did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with other persons to distribute a controlled substance,” according to the indictment, between Jan. 1 and Aug. 13.
That soldier had planned to load 90 pounds of cocaine onto a military transport vehicle in Colombia and ship it back home to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, NBC News reported after his arrest.
A spokesman for Army Special Operations Command would not identify the soldier by name, but said that the plan was foiled by a fellow soldier who reported the plot. Drug Enforcement Administration officials interdicted the cocaine while it was still on the ground in Colombia.
Gould had already returned home to Florida from a vacation in Cali, Colombia, when he was arrested.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.