Two soldiers sentenced for hashish possession
Two Task Force Danger soldiers found with hashish in their Iraq barracks rooms have been sentenced to prison terms, according to case summaries prepared by the task force’s staff judge advocate.
Pvt. Edwin Escudero-Betancourt, 21, and Pvt. Jeffrey Vehovic, 25 — both from Company A of the Germany-based 299th Base Support Battalion — pleaded guilty to a single charge of drug possession.
According to the case summary, Escudero-Betancourt found the hashish in a box of watches he had purchased from an Iraqi man who approached him outside his base near Tikrit on June 27. He hid the drug in his portable housing unit and later sold some to Vehovic.
On July 10, military police with drug-sniffing dogs found the hashish during a search of Company A’s barracks.
The military judge, Col. James Pohl, sentenced Vehovic to nine months and Escudero-Betancourt to seven months. Both also will receive bad-conduct discharges.