Tuesday, November 26, 2019

United States Customs and Border Protection: Methow Valley State Airport (S52), Washington


A man has been jailed after he touched off an international incident by landing his small plane at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop, Washington, without clearing customs authorization.

When Customs and Border Protection agents approached him last Wednesday, he jumped back into his plane and took off.

During the flight, authorities say he threw some bags into the wilderness. Government pilots in helicopters trailed him to the Canadian border and then got permission to follow him into Canada. The plane landed at the Langley, British Columbia Airport where he was arrested.

“Due to the exceptional skills of our pilots and air interdiction agents, we were able to ensure that this man did not escape arrest,” said Jeremy Thompson, Director, Bellingham Air and Marine Branch. “Additionally, our partnerships and coordination with Canadian law enforcement agencies played a crucial role in the arrest of this man.”

Police aren’t saying what he threw out of the plane but a press release points out that in the past year, border patrol has seized nearly 85,000 pounds of cocaine, 100,000 pounds of pot, 935 weapons, 50,000 pounds of meth, and $34 million.

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

BELLINGHAM, Washington — A pilot was arrested Wednesday in Canada after leading Bellingham Air and Marine Operations agents on a chase in the air.

United States Customs and Border Protection says the man entered the United States and landed at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop without authorization.

When Bellingham Air and Marine Operations agents approached the pilot, he got back in his plane and flew off.

The helicopter pilots pursuing him say he threw several bags from the plane into the wilderness below.

When they reached Canada, multiple Canadian law enforcement agencies responded and arrested the man as he landed in Langley.

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

BELLINGHAM, Washington — A man was arrested last week after he landed his airplane in Washington state without clearing customs, then flew away when approached by agents while throwing bags out of his plane into the wilderness.

According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incident occurred when agents from the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch detected the airplane enter the U.S. and land at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop.

When agents approached the pilot to question him, he jumped into his airplane and flew away.

Agents pursued the airplane in helicopters and watched as the the pilot threw several bags out of the airplane into the wilderness.

As the airplane approached Canada, CBP received permission to continue the pursuit across the border. The CBP helicopters followed the airplane to the Langley, British Columbia, Airport, where the airplane landed.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Federal Border Enforcement Team and other agencies arrested the man and seized the airplane. CBP’s helicopters remained in an over watch position during the arrest.

“Due to the exceptional skills of our pilots and air interdiction agents, we were able to ensure that this man did not escape arrest,” said Jeremy Thompson, Director, Bellingham Air and Marine Branch. “Additionally, our partnerships and coordination with Canadian law enforcement agencies played a crucial role in the arrest of this man.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://q13fox.com

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How stupid can you get?

LN said...

RE How stupid can you get.

I don't think we've found the answer tho that yet..