Army Sergeant Found With Explosives Released on Bond

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The man accused of trying to bring explosives onto a plane at the Midland airport is a free man. Trey Scott Atwater was released on bond at a detention hearing Friday afternoon.

There was a small crowd of people inside the courtroom. Many of them looked like Trey Scott Atwater's family and friends. Others were there just to see what would happen to the Army Sergeant.

Judge David Counts accepted the U.S. Attorney's Office recommendation to release Atwater on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

When the 30-year-old Army Sergeant walked into court, he was clean-shaven, wearing a black sweat shirt and blue track pants.

Assistant United States Attorney John Klassen told Magistrate Judge Counts, Atwater having explosives in his carry-on was very serious.

But after a thorough investigation, they did not find any evidence to suggest Atwater was purposely trying to cause any harm to anyone at Midland International Airport or on board the plane.

Because of this, the U.S. Attorneys Office decided Atwater is not a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Atwater is free to leave Midland but only under certain conditions.

He's only allowed to travel to North Carolina and Texas. He must submit to random drug testing and a mental evaluation. He also can't have any kind of weapons and he has to turn over his passport.

Atwater will be on his way back to North Carolina but two Army members from Fort Bragg were in Midland to take him back.

Atwater's supervisor on base has also agreed to report any bond violations to the court.

No further court dates have been set at this time.

We'll continue to follow this story for you and bring you the latest as it becomes available.