(Solrain Core) TRI-SEC today released a statement from Commandant Solder Ronin on the recent apprehension of a Prosthetics smuggler:
On 118.3.23, a TRI Security officer on regular patrol stopped an scanned a pilot in Zealot’s Refuge. The pilot, Garrod Kelton, was found to be carrying 30 units of Prosthetics. He was immediately detained and his ship impounded.
During questioning, Mr. Kelton indicated that he had been contracted anonymously to move the Prosthetics from Klatsches Hold to Lothars Landing in exchange for for 11 units of platinum (about 500,000 credits). He claims to have picked up the cargo from a storage container on Klatches Hold and did not know who would be receiving the contraband at Lothars. He did indicated that when initially contracted, he was told that the significant proceeds of the transaction would be used to help fund the Rismore campaign in Hyperial, but we have been unable to ascertain any concrete ties to Mr. Rismore or anyone else in his campaign organization.
Mr. Kelton is a citizen of Solrain and is being turned over to the STCC for appropriate prosecution. If we receive any other pertinent details that can be released under Solrain law, we will make them public.
We will continue out vigilant patrols in an attempt to disrupt all Prosthetics trade and request the cooperation of all law-abiding pilots.
by Thane Carios
(Hyperial Station) Garrod Kelton was released early this morning after intensive questioning by Hyperial Security Services (HSS) about his possible role in the theft of experimentally-modified Morningstar missiles from Hyperial. Kelton became an immediate suspect when he launched from Hyperial in a Solrain Pioneer tow at approximately the same time the theft of the missiles was reported by Hyperial. But although he is Lexxor’s Assistant Product Manager for the Morningstar product line, Kelton was apparently not aware-of or involved-with the experimental modifcation product.
Lexxor Intelligence has refused all interview requests and has declined to make a statement about the theft or the modification project.
“I went to the scene of the destruction of Kelton’s ship and recovered some very minor debris,” said TRI Security pilot Thadeus “Ace” Adder. “There was a fair amount of Uranium so it’s pretty clear he was hauling that. There was also a mission disk but that got pretty mangled. We still have guys working on it, though. As far as Morningstar missiles, we found nothing, but that’s not surprising. The missiles would have detonated when the ship exploded. Frankly, I would have been shocked to find any missile debris even from a full load of ’em in cargo.”
When asked about Kelton’s release, Adder said, “Hey, that’s a Hyperial call. The theft was there; his pod returned there; he has his home there. But from what I’ve seen, there’s no hard evidence that he was doing anything other than trying to make a few extra bucks hauling Uranium from Hyperial to Wake.”
Hyperial reported experimentally modified Morningstar missiles had been stolen at approximately 17:35 UTC today. Garrod Kelton (Pilot G_Kelton) was sighted in a Tow headed for Wake Station and was downed by pilot Mayua. It is unclear whether Kelton was carrying the stolen property, but he is being detained for questioning at Hyperial.
Kelton is Lexxor’s Assistant Product Manager for the Morningstar Missile system.
TRI Security scanned Purian Lake sector for debris. Sources indicate that the only thing found so far was Uranium and a badly damaged mission disk.