The U.S. government has reinstated the “airbridge denial program,” or anti-drug interdiction efforts, with Colombia. This program, which allows the use of deadly force against civilian aircraft if they are known or suspected to be smuggling drugs, is the first of the airbridge programs to resume after the fatal shooting down of a missionary Cessna 185 floatplane in Peru in 2001. AOPA reiterated its opposition, saying.
Former Comair employee Zabdiel Santiago Balaguer pleaded guilty in Orlando federal court last month to gun and drug smuggling. The FBI arrested Balaguer in March along with five other co-conspirators, including fellow Comair employee Thomas Anthony Munoz, who allegedly tried to carry a duffel bag containing 14 guns and eight pounds of marijuana off a Delta Air Lines flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
AIN has confirmed that Franklin Rodriguez, the U.S. Air National Guard pilot arrested April 12 for smuggling the so-called love drug Ecstasy into the U.S. aboard a C-5A Galaxy, was a Beechjet captain at that time for Flight Options. The fractional provider declined comment, citing employee-employer confidentiality.