Saturday, May 01, 2021

Gulfstream V-581 N280PH, Flight GJE622: American detained after private jet lands in Sicily with weapons and drugs

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A US man has been detained after arriving in Sicily on a private jet from Florida in possession of weapons and drugs, Italian media report

Patrick Joseph Horan, 64, told police he was visiting relatives on the Italian island when he landed on Friday, according to news agency Ansa.

But a check carried out on the aircraft was said to have uncovered guns, bows and arrows and 1kg (35oz) of marijuana.

The items were reportedly seized and Mr. Horan was taken away for questioning.

The private jet was searched by police and customs officers shortly after arriving at Sicily's Trapani Birgi airport.

They said weapons - including two pistols, a rifle and ammunition - had been placed in boxes while the drugs were sealed in plastic bags and water bottles, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported.

Mr. Horan, who is said to be a wealthy partner in an agriculture business near the island's western town of Santa Ninfa, told police he was due to undergo a medical procedure in the Sicilian capital Palermo.

The American citizen has been detained at the Pietro Cerulli prison in Trapani while police carry out an investigation.

A 64-year-old American citizen, found in possession of weapons and drugs, was stopped at Trapani Airport following checks carried out by officials of the Customs Agency, jointly with the Guardia di Finanza, Border Police and Team Agents. 

The man was identified as part of the customs checks carried out by the ADM officials of Trapani. The American citizen had recently landed at the Trapani airport aboard a private jet that took off from Venice, Florida.

During the search, carried out with scrupulous attention inside the aircraft on which he was traveling, the officials of the Customs Agency found weapons (two pistols, a rifle, bows and arrows) and drugs, hidden in vacuum bags inside of thermos in order to escape the control performed with canine units.

The man was detained on the orders of the Prosecutor of Trapani (deputy prosecutor Maurizio Agnello and deputy prosecutor Giulia Mucaria) and transferred to the Pietro Cerulli prison, pending validation of the restriction order.

Further investigations are still underway on the weapons seized, which will be subjected to a ballistic report and on any legal precedents accrued by man in the United States.

We are trying to shed light on man's relationships and connections and what could be, therefore, the subsequent movements he would have made after his landing in Sicily.

The drugs and other narcotics found were taken over by the Trapani Customs Agency to be analyzed in the Agency's chemical laboratories.

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