Photo: Courtesy Roswell Police Department
ROSWELL — When the pilot of a Beech J35 plane that landed in Roswell International Air Center for mechanical problems couldn't tell law enforcement where he was headed, police got suspicious.
Michael Armando Teixeira, 37, of California, was arrested on Nov. 25 following the discovery of almost 118 pounds of marijuana on board the small, private plane.
A news release from the city of Roswell said Teixeira is being charged with distribution of controlled substances and is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center.
Teixeira was the only person traveling in the plane where "high-grade" marijuana was discovered. Law enforcement was contacted after airport personnel discovered no flight plan was filed for the aircraft.
Investigators said in the news release the plane is owned by another person. Teixiera later admitted to investigators he knew about the marijuana he was transporting but told authorities he wasn't sure where the drugs would eventually be sold.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A California pilot forced to land a small plane in New Mexico because of mechanical problems has been arrested after authorities found nearly 118 pounds of marijuana.
Roswell police say 37-year-old Michael Armando Teixeira, of Gilroy, is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center on suspicion of distribution of controlled substances.
It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer yet.
Teixeira landed at the Roswell International Air Center last Friday night.
Federal Aviation Administration officials at the airport discovered the plane didn't have a flight plan on file.
Police got a search warrant after marijuana odor was detected. That led to the discovery of 117.9 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged in several large bags inside the plane.
Police say Teixeira isn't the registered owner of the aircraft.