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Special Court-Martial Convicts Airman First Class of Marijuana Use, Possession of Marijuana, and Introduction of Marijuana onto Military Installations


On May 4, 2016, Airman 1st Class Jailen R. Holt, 50th Space Communications Squadron, was convicted pursuant to a guilty plea by a Special Court-Martial of one charge of Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice, and two specifications of wrongfully using marijuana, two specifications of wrongfully possessing marijuana and two specifications of wrongfully introducing marijuana onto a military installation. The case was tried by military judge alone.

In addition to receiving a federal conviction, Holt was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, four months of confinement, and reduction to the grade of E-1.

On Dec. 31, 2015, after Military Police on Fort Carson, Colorado, stopped Holt’s vehicle for improper tag placement, they smelled marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Holt consented to a search of his vehicle, which resulted in a finding of marijuana. Holt later admitted to Air Force Office of Special Investigations he had smoked marijuana on multiple occasions. A military magistrate granted AFOSI search authorization to seize Holt’s urine for urinalysis testing. The results of that test were positive for marijuana.

On Jan. 21, 2016, Holt admitted to AFOSI he had used marijuana multiple times after the Dec. 31, 2015, traffic stop on Fort Carson. A military magistrate again granted AFOSI search authorization to seize Holt’s urine for urinalysis testing. The results of that test were positive for marijuana at a level significantly higher than the first test.

On April 28, 2016, Holt drove to the West Gate at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where the gate guard detected the smell of marijuana. A military magistrate granted 21st Security Forces Squadron search authorization to search Holt’s vehicle. Inside the vehicle, 21 SFS found marijuana cigarettes, paraphernalia and residue.

The 50th Space Wing legal office reminds Airmen that while marijuana use and possession within the state of Colorado is legal, it remains criminal for military members. Airmen who use, possess, distribute or otherwise become involved with marijuana will be investigated and potentially prosecuted. Questions regarding the above information should be directed to the legal office at 567-5050.

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