Saturday, October 6, 2018

Maksim Mironov: Pilot admits to having 140 pounds of marijuana in Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion (N761CF) at Hale County Airport (KPVW), Plainview, Texas

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HALE COUNTY, Texas - A man was arrested at the Hale County Airport on Thursday and was accused of transporting approximately 140 pounds of marijuana from California, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

Around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, a Homeland Security special agent was inspecting pilot certificates and spoke with pilot Maksim Mironov, 32.

According to a criminal affidavit, Mironov was "acting visibly nervous" and had large duffel dags aboard the small aircraft.

The special agent wrote that it is common for drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics in bags on similar aircraft.

When asked what was in the duffel bags, Mironov said it was his equipment, according to the affidavit.

A K-9 officer was brought to detect the presence of drugs, the affidavit said, after Mironov did not give consent for the agent to search the plane.

The K-9 indicated narcotics were in the cargo area of the plane, according to the affidavit.

When agents searched the plane, they found five bags with 125 individual bags of marijuana.

The bags contained more than 143 pounds of marijuana, the affidavit said, and Mironov admitted to knowing the drugs were on board.

He also admitted he was transporting the marijuana from California to Birmingham, Alabama. Mironov told agents he landed in Hale County to refuel.

On Friday evening, Mironov was listed in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a federal hold.

Original article ➤ https://www.everythinglubbock.com

HALE COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A pilot is in custody after being caught with more than five duffel bags full of marijuana at the Hale County Airport.

Homeland Security agents confronted Maksim Mironov on Thursday afternoon, around 2:20 p.m., conducting an inspection of his pilot's certificates. He was flying a Cessna 210 with five large duffel bags in the passenger compartment.

Agents say Mironov was acting visibly nervous as they asked him about his flight plan and declined consent to search.

Agents brought in Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Corporal Brandon Coulter and his K-9 Dante to do an open air test for narcotics.

The dog alerted and agents found five duffel bags and 125 bags/suitcases containing what was confirmed to be marijuana.

Mironov admitted to having approximately 140 pounds of it on board. Agents confiscated more than 65 kilos of marijuana.

Mironov told agents he was heading from California to Alabama, stopping in Hale County for fuel.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kcbd.com

A man was arrested at the Hale County Airport Thursday and was accused of transporting around 140 pounds of marijuana from California.

It happened around 2:20 p.m., when a Homeland Security special agent was inspecting pilot certificates and spoke with 32-year-old Maksim Mironov. According to a criminal affidavit, Mironov was "acting visibly nervous" and had large duffel bags aboard the small aircraft.

When asked about what was in the bags, Mironov said it was his equipment. A K-9 officer was brought to detect the presence of drugs. The K-9 indicated narcotics were in the cargo area of the plane.

Agents found 5 bags with 125 individual bags of marijuana. The bags contained more than 143 pounds of marijuana.

Mironov admitted to knowing the drugs were on board, and admitted transporting the marijuana from California to Birmingham, Alabama. Mironov told agents he landed in Hale County to refuel.

Mironov is currently being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://kfyo.com

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