Gregory Thomas Salyer, Whose Explosive Devices Spooked JWA, Gets Probation: Update

The recently discharged Marine--whose duffel bag containing three military artillery fuses and a less-lethal grenade sting ball spurred evacuations, a grounded plane and delayed flights at John Wayne Airport in August--pleaded guilty to felony charges Friday.

Gregory Thomas Salyer was then placed on three years probation and entered into a court program for veterans.

Gregory Thomas Salyer, Discharged Marine, Faces 8 Years for Drugs, Artillery in JWA Bags

The Lexington, Kentucky, 23-year-old pleaded guilty to placing a destructive device in checked baggage, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and carrying a dirk or dagger.

Part of what caused the ruckus at John Wayne Airport.
Part of what caused the ruckus at John Wayne Airport.
Photo courtesy of the TSA

Upcoming Events

A TSA screener discovered his green military duffel bag had a non-lethal sting ball grenade, two military electric artillery time fuses (used on military artillery rounds), a military fuse assembly and a butterfly knife, while more than 300 steroid pills and more than 10 Adderall pills were in his carry-on, authorities said at the time.

Without the guilty plea, Salyer was looking at the possibility of up to eight years in state prison. He'd recently been discharged as a corporal field artillery cannoneer with Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, out of Twentynine Palms.

Email: Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

Upcoming Events

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >