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Citation Shares Pilot Busted Smuggling Drugs

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http://www.thetd.com/freepages/2009-07-22/news/story1.php


Walnut Ridge Police Chief Leslie Gates and Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith discovered approximately 420 pounds of marijuana on Monday in an airplane that had landed at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport's Swindle Field to refuel.
Gates said he received word from the Lawrence County Communications Center to return a call concerning a tip.
The call was from Homeland Security regarding a plane that was planning to land at Walnut Ridge and had been flagged as suspicious upon leaving an Arizona airport.
Because his officers were on other calls, he requested assistance from Smith, and the two took an unmarked vehicle to the airport. While conducting surveillance, Gates said they noticed two male subjects exit the aircraft, which was a 1977 model 310 Cessna.
"We noticed that they were acting nervous, and their actions did seem to be suspicious," Gates said.
While Gates was on a followup call with Homeland Security, Smith went into the terminal building and made contact with one of the men from the plane and then went out onto the runway to speak to the pilot.
"When I got off the phone with Homeland Security, I went out to the airplane as well," Gates said.
"We could smell the marijuana as we approached the plane," Smith said.
After receiving consent to search the plane, the officers discovered what they already knew was there.
"When Glen opened the door, the plane was full," Gates said. "The seats had been removed to make room for the drugs, and the marijuana was just stacked in there."
The plane was flying from Arizona to Pennsylvania and had already made one fuel stop in New Mexico. The pilot, Heath M. Gephart, 35, and passenger Mark David Sweigart, also 35, were both from Harrisburg, Pa.
Gates said the pilot had a previous drug conviction. Both men were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They were transported to the Lawrence County Jail and were scheduled to appear in court today for a bond hearing.
Federal officers from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) out of Little Rock and Homeland Security out of Hammond, La., also responded to the scene. Gates said the WRPD confiscated some cell phones, a navigation system and some other miscellaneous personal items. The department has also filed paperwork to seize the aircraft.
 

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LOL! How ironic. Was this a furloughed CS guy? Amazing how stupid some people are.

Stupid is right!!

Furloughed or not, I guess some pilots will be moving up a number now. Hey, how do we know he works for CS? Did I miss something? No matter where he worked now he'll have to answer yes to one of those "have you been convicted in the last ten years" questions.

Nice work by these LEAs!!!
 

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As Glenn sung it best,

"It's the lure of easy money its got a strong appeal"


IF you are gonna get caught, please have more than 420 lbs of smoke, you might as well go out BIG....
 

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As Glenn sung it best,

"It's the lure of easy money its got a strong appeal"


IF you are gonna get caught, please have more than 420 lbs of smoke, you might as well go out BIG....

Forgive my ignornace, but what's the volume on that kind of parcel. 420 lbs. sounds like a lot to me. Plus, they seemed to have packed it into the seats of a 310. I can't imagine they could store much more and still have it out of sight.

Also, for my own edification...how much does this kind of "run" pay? :)

Just askin'.

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hah!
"The seats had been removed to make room for the drugs, and the marijuana was just stacked in there."

I'm a treetop flyer, born survivor...
 

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Um...Holy Crap!

Anyone CONFIRM this is a CS guy and not just a guy with the same name?
 
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420 lbs

Not even a drop in the bucket.
But the "war" must go on.
 

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Can one of you bookworms tell me how in the world is the captain flying commercial ops with a prior drug conviction? These two yahoos are dumber than a box of rocks how more obvious could they have made it. You could smell the weed from outside the aircraft? LOLOLOLOL. Throw their whole lives away for a couple peanuts from a drug ring. How in the hell were they going to move all that "cargo" out of the FBO without a ramper getting curious?

No big deal after they get out Mesa will hire them if they are still in business.
 
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First off - whom ever post that a Citation Shares Pilot was bused for drugs better do thier homework, before making such a statement. He has not been at shares for a few years. And was terminated, for being a knuckle head.
 

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What I want to know is did they do a proper weight and balance...

If not, they should be executed.

:laugh:
 

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First off - whom ever post that a Citation Shares Pilot was bused for drugs better do thier homework, before making such a statement. He has not been at shares for a few years. And was terminated, for being a knuckle head.


...says the guy with 310 time. :rolleyes:
 

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420 hahaha, Smoke 'Em UP! I bet this guy was fun to hang with on overnights. Hookers, booze and pot. Does it get any better?
 
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