Tinker Airman sentenced for drug offenses
By Mike W. Ray , Tinker Public Affairs
/ Published July 31, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
A Tinker Airman admitted recently that he sold marijuana on multiple occasions.
At a general court-martial last month, Senior Airman Christian Mann of the 72nd Security Forces Squadron pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
The presiding judge, Lt. Col. Joshua Kastenberg, issued a reprimand, reduced the Airman to the grade of E-1, sentenced him to confinement for eight months and forfeiture of all pay and allowances while in jail, and imposed a bad-conduct discharge.
Airman Mann admitted he sold marijuana to a fellow member of the 72 SFS on one occasion, and to a civilian on two occasions. All three transactions occurred off-base.
Evidence gathered during the investigation revealed that Airman Mann arranged for the delivery of the marijuana in a football that was delivered to a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.
The football was cut open, the marijuana was placed inside, the cut was sealed with glue, and the altered football was then mailed to a Post Office box in Midwest City, where Airman Mann retrieved it before selling the marijuana.
"The Air Force has a 'zero tolerance' policy toward drug use," said Capt. John Fuentes, a prosecutor from the 72nd Air Base Wing Staff Judge Advocate's office. "When an Airman sells marijuana to a fellow Airman in violation of this policy, that act carries a possible maximum sentence of 15 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to E-1, a reprimand and a dishonorable discharge if convicted."