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Owensboro man among those accused of plot to kill DEA agent


Two former American soldiers - one nicknamed "Rambo" - and a German ex-soldier were charged Friday with plotting to kill a U.S. drug enforcement agent and an informant after a law enforcement sting interrupted their plans to use five ex-military snipers to protect illegal drug shipments, authorities said.

14 News is told that one of those men is 48-year-old Joseph Hunter from Owensboro.

The indictment from the case described Hunter, also known as "Rambo," as a contract killer and leader of the group of ex-snipers.

Hunter entered service in October 1983 as enlisted in Active Army. He served continuously in the Active Army until his retirement in July 2004 with more than 20 years of service in the US Army.

Hunter was also a sniper instructor, and drill sergeant who was arrested in the Thailand and charges with recruiting globe trotting elite ex-soldiers as hit men.

According to federal agents, three of them were ready to kill a federal agent and an informant for an $800,00 payoff.

Read much more on this situation here. 

Click here to read Hunter's indictment released by the United States Attorney's Office.

Hunter was reportedly providing security all over the world for a massive cocaine smuggling operation. Reportedly, Hunter and six others are now back in the U.S.

Owensboro Police say Hunter was arrested late on May 17, 2008 after they were called to the 3000 block of Asbury Place for a disturbance call.

Police say when they arrived, Hunter began yelling and cussing at officers.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Hunter was booked in the Daviess County Detention Center early on the morning of May 18 and had a $1,000 bond.

Some information this story is from the AP. 
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