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Parachute Investigation

Parachute Investigation

Trial starts for Marine accused of drug crimes, parachute tampering Testimony has started in the court-martial of a Marine from Ohio accused of sabotaging parachutes and distributing and using drugs. Corporal Clayton A. Chaffin of Franklin is being tried at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is charged with conspiring to cut the suspension lines of at least 13 parachutes used by Marines during a September 2002 jump. The 28-year-old man also is accused of distributing and using L-S-D, marijuana and cocaine. The trial began yesterday. At least nine Marines of the 39 witnesses scheduled were granted immunity from prosecution on drug charges for their testimony. If found guilty of all charges, Chaffin could face up to 152 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the rank of private and a dishonorable discharge.

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