Punta Cana drug plane belongs to French businessman
Santo Domingo.- The plane in which 680 packages of cocaine were found in Punta Cana airport last week belongs to a prominent French businessman, who owns more than 260 opticians stores in Spain.
The Falcon F-50, registration F-GXMC, belongs to Alain Afflelou, founder of the optician chain that bears his name, who reportedly hired the aircraft to a French company, SN Transhelicoptère Services (SN THS).
According to French online news publication Le Point.fr, SN THS did not conduct a background check on Alain Castany and an associate, who rented the plane.
As reported, the pilot, Alain Marc Paul Marie Castany, who was detained when the consignment was detected, had been sentenced to 18 months in jail in March 2012 for failing to observe aviation safety rules.
The aircraft was intercepted by the authorities at Punta Cana International Airport on March 20th when it was about to depart for France.
During the anti-drug operation the authorities detained 35 people, including Drug Control, Airport Security and Customs agents. A court in Higuey will rule on preventive custody measures later today. The Public Prosecution service is requesting one year’s preventive custody.
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