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Third Malmstrom officer dismissed from Air Force in drug case


GREAT FALLS, Montana — A third Malmstrom base officer has been dismissed from the Air Force after pleading guilty to charges in a drug investigation.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1JyzUra) 1st Lt. Lantz Balthazar pleaded guilty to using Ecstasy in a deal that dropped charges of cocaine distribution and illegal use of Pentedrone, commonly called bath salts.

The cases against Balthazar, 1st Lt. Michael Alonso and 2nd Lt. Nicole Dalmazzi arose as a result of a separate investigation into cheating on proficiency tests.

Capt. Kevin Boden represented Balthazar and said the defendant blames only himself. While prosecutors asked for an 8-month sentence, Boden said Balthazar didn't need to be locked up to think about his actions.

The pre-trial agreement says Balthazar will spend five months confinement on the base and forfeit future pay.

Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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