Spain nabs accused in Dominican-French ‘Air Cocaine’ case
Marseille, France.- One of the accused in the ‘Air Cocaine’ case, which led to the arrest of two French pilots n the Dominican Republic, was arrested last week in Spain where he was linked to another drug case, judicial sources quoted by AFP said Tuesday.
Ali Bouchareb was arrested in Spain, where he had violated terms of his bail for his release in another cocaine trafficking case, according to the same source.
In France, Ali Bouchareb is suspected of being the organizer of flights on private planes between Latin America and France, which bought cocaine from Mexican suppliers.
The investigation began after a tip on a suspicious flight between Dominican Republic and Saint-Tropez Airport in France, which allegedly formed part of a major international cocaine trafficking ring.
Dominican authorities arrested French pilots Bruno Odos and Pascal Fauret on March 19, 2013, when they were about to take off in a rented plane loaded with 680 kilos of cocaine. The two pilots, who always pleaded not guilty, fled the country after convicted in October, 2015.
A Santo Domingo appellate court sentenced then in absentia to 20 years in prison.
Another Frenchman, Christophe Naudin, is being held in the Dominican Republic charged in the pilots’ escape. Naudin was extradited to the Dominican Republic in early March from Egypt, where he was on a business trip,
The Frenchman, who risks being sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison for conspiracy and migrants smuggling, was sent to pretrial detention for three months once he arrived in Santo Domingo.
Two other Frenchman are still being held in the country: Nicolas Pisapia, who was listed as a passenger aboard the Falcon 50 plane with the seized cocaine, continues in the Dominican Republic where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and flight engineer Alain Castaign, who’s in a private clinic, allegedly recovering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
May 18, 2016
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