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Feds bust Ft. Benning Ranger for explosives

Suspect: Sergeant Stuart Adcock Suspect: Sergeant Stuart Adcock

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -  A Fort Benning soldier is behind bars, facing federal charges.

Federal agents say 23-year-old Sergeant Stuart Adcock was arrested Thursday night on Fort Benning by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI.

Adcock is charged with the Possession of an Unregistered Explosive Device and Giving False Statements to the FBI.

He appeared before United States Magistrate Court Judge Stephen Hyles Friday afternoon. 

Adcock is a Ranger in the Third Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on Fort Benning.

In an affidavit filed by a special agent with the ATF Friday, it says a confidential source contacted authorities on January 20, 2011, about Adcock, saying that he had seen Adcock with a grenade at the source's house in North Carolina. Agents say their source has military experience and knew what the grenade was. The tipster told federal agents Adcock told him he had other grenades, as well as several blocks of C4 with detonation cords and flash bang grenades at his home in Columbus.

That afternoon Adcock was located on Fort Benning and interviewed by FBI agents. They say he denied the claims and did not possess any grenades. He agreed to a search of his apartment off Milgen Road in the Hampton Place complex.

Agents and Adcock left in separate vehicles and when they got to the complex, they met his girlfriend who was seen walking along a wood line behind their unit.

Numerous agents searched the apartment but didn't find anything illegal. They were about to leave and decided to check the wood line where they say they found one live fragmentation grenade, two flash bang grenades and one starburst (military flare). Officials say those items are illegal in the civilian context.

According to documents, Adock's girlfriend admitted that he called her when he was on his way from Fort Benning and told her to hide the items.

When agents confronted Adcock, they say he admitted that he had lied to agents about having the explosive devices and that he told his girlfriend to hide them before officers got to the apartment.

A preliminary hearing for Adcock is scheduled for next Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Until then, he will remain in the Muscogee County Jail. 

A public affairs officer for the Ranger Regiment could not elaborate on the case Friday but says they are fully cooperating with the investigation.

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