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Army announces drug busts on post

Fort Stewart announced the apprehension Tuesday morning on post of several soldiers on drug charges by local and military law enforcement officers.

The soldiers, who were not named in the release, are suspected of either cocaine use, possession or sales, according to a press release.

"We dedicate resources and work closely with our local law enforcement partners to identify and suppress illegal drug use in our ranks." said Maj. Gen. James Rainey, senior commander of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. "We take this seriously, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure our Army and communities are drug free."

The release said the arrests were a result of “close cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, Fort Stewart's drug prevention and detection programs.”

"There are over 25,000 men and women serving in the Army at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield who selflessly defend our country every day," said Maj. Gen. Rainey. "This incident does not diminish their hard work and sacrifices."

All soldiers are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the release said, noting the post would not be releasing more information “at this time to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation.”

One name was released by Jeff Hein of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. Hein said Mario Figueroa, a soldier, was arrested to 

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