Criminal Complaint Reveals New Details into Atwater Arrest

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - NewsWest 9 has obtained the criminal complaint against 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater. Atwater was arrested this weekend at Midland International Airport for attempting to take explosives on a flight to Dallas.

The complaint says what appeared to be C4 was found in Atwater's carry-on by the Midland Police Bomb Squad. After being arrested, Atwater waived his Miranda rights. He told authorities that his military speciality was as a demolitions expert. Atwater is with the 7th Special Forces Group and had returned home from his third deployment to Afghanistan in April.

Atwater explained that his special operating procedure was to carry at least two blocks of C4 on any operation. When he left Afghanistan he packed his bags along with the C4. The bag had been in his garage in North Carolina since he returned home. He used the bag to pack children's items and did not notice any C4 in the bag before flying to Midland.

Atwater was surprised when officials found the C4 in the bag at the Midland airport.

The complaint also says Atwater had been detained by TSA agents at the airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina on December 24 on his way to Midland. TSA located a live military smoke grenade in his bag. The report says Atwater was admonished and the grenade was confiscated, but Atwater was allowed to continue on to West Texas.

When asked about the incident in Fayetteville, Atwater says he forgot to mention it to officials.

NewsWest 9 has learned from the U.S. Attorney's Office that Atwater has opted to waive his initial appearance.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the next step for Trey Atwater will be a detention hearing that will be set in the future to determine bond, if any. The date of that hearing has not yet been set. Currently, Atwater remains charged and is in federal custody.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest.