Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Charge: Topeka man tried to smuggle cash from Afghanistan

October 16, 2012


— A Topeka man has been charged with trying to smuggle $150,000 in cash from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan to Kansas.

The government alleges in a criminal information filed Tuesday that 50-year-old Donald Garst tried to evade currency reporting laws in May 2011 by concealing cash in a DHL shipping box for transport to Topeka.

The U.S. attorney's office says Garst was formerly with the Army National Guard, but was working as a private contractor in Afghanistan at the time.

Garst's lawyer, Christopher Joseph, says in an email that nothing in the charge alleges the cash was obtained unlawfully. Joseph says Garst acknowledges he mailed the money, and that details about why he did so will be revealed in future court proceedings.


KansasLiberal 5 years, 8 months ago

More proof that our tax dollars are being wasted in Afghanistan. We need to bring everybody back to America and let Afghanistan do whatever they want.

Nathan Atchison 5 years, 8 months ago

our tax dollars are being wasted in afganistan but we cant let another osama happen either. we left afganistan alone in the late eighties and are now living with the result.

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't get the connection. Perhaps you'll explain it to me?

PhilChiles 5 years, 8 months ago

You don't remember? After Obama started the recession, he invaded Afghanistan. Sounds like you need to watch more Fox News buddy.

infidel 5 years, 8 months ago

Is this the same Teflon Don, that was Dishonorably Discharged from the Army for theft and other charges? I would bet my last $$ it was. He is a notable POS.

lwctown 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, be glad you elected change. Obama is ending the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Romney has already said he would send military aid to Syria.

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