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Colorado Springs soldiers arrested for plotting murder

A former Fort Carson officer is accused of plotting to organize a murder-for-hire scheme with another Colorado Springs soldier as part of a drug-trafficking operation, prosecutors said yesterday.

The 29-year-old First Lieutenant was recently discharged from the Army and arrested in Texas, accused of planning to murder a man and steal 20 kilograms of cocaine.

The 29-year-old was reportedly finalizing the details of the killing with undercover agents. He was apparently organizing a four-person team to raid a ranch, kill a drug dealer and steal the cocaine.

One of the alleged team members, a Fort Carson sergeant, 28, was arrested over the weekend, as was another alleged member of the group, a Denver resident, 29.

The fourth alleged member of the group was killed by federal agents attempting to arrest the team members.

The sergeant is assigned to Fort Carson's the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division; the same unit the former lieutenant served in before his discharge earlier this month.

Prosecutors said undercover Drug Enforcement Agency agents first made contact with the former officer back in September of last year. They allege that the ex-lieutenant offered tactical security training to agents posing as drug traffickers.

They claim he also bragged that he could steal weapons from military bases and offered to carry out "wet work," which agents believed meant offers to kill for money.

The brigade the former officer served in had gone to Afghanistan to train Afghan troops in combat and counter-insurgency tactics.

In January, the former officer allegedly hatched the plot to steal the cocaine from a rival who would be killed in the process.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette: "2 Springs soldiers arrested in murder-for-hire plot," Jakob Rodgers, March 26, 2012

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