- The Washington Times - Friday, August 15, 2014

A  Fort Knox, Kentucky, supply sergeant with the U.S. Army and his father are charged with trying to put military-grade equipment into the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

Luis Rafael Infantes, 21, and his father, Pedro Luis Infantes, 47, were indicted by a Florida grand jury on Wednesday on three counts of alleged theft, the FBI said in a news release, Army Times reported. The two were charged after a recent sting operation.

The young private first class soldier, assigned to 19th Engineer Battalion at Knox, allegedly tried to use an intermediary to put 17 thermal-imaging monoculars and other stolen goods into the hands of drug traffickers, the paper reported. The father and son allegedly sought $153,500 for their efforts.

Luis Rafael Infantes faces a possible 20-year prison sentence for the charges leveled against him. His father could receive a 25-year prison sentence if convicted, Army Times reported.

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