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An Army Green Beret charged with trying to take explosives on an American Airlines flight over the weekend told investigators he didn’t realize he had C-4 in his carry-on bag, according to a criminal complaint.

Trey Scott Atwater, 30, waived an initial court hearing Tuesday and remains in jail. He was arrested Saturday after Transportation Security Administration screeners found the explosive material in his bag.

According to the complaint, Atwater told the FBI he is a demolitions expert with the Army’s 7th Special Forces Group and had recently returned from his third deployment to Afghanistan. Investigators said Atwater explained it was his practice to carry at least two blocks of C-4 explosives on any operation. He added that when he packed his bags to leave Afghanistan, he brought along the bag in question but “had no recollection of there being any C-4,” the court document said.

Source: Carol Cratty for CNN.

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