Homeland Security Agents Intercept Aircraft at BTB Regional Airport, Pilot Interrogated for Several Hours
BROOKSVILLE – The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport was the scene of a federal investigation last night, after agents with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement intercepted a small plane after it landed around 11:00 pm last night.
Immediately after the plane landed several Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies canvassed the runways to try and locate the plane. Within minutes, deputies spotted the plane and several occupants after they had already secured the aircraft inside a hangar, along American Flyer Way. Deputies detained the pilot and other occupants while HSI-ICE agents made their way to the airport.
RNRF overheard one agent tell the pilot “If the plane is stolen or if there is anything inside the plane that shouldn’t be there, it would be best if you told me now.” The suspect replied, “When I have an attorney present, I’ll have no problem talking to you.”
The interrogation continued for several hours but it is not known if the suspect was taken into custody, if the plane was indeed stolen, or if it contained illegal contraband.
We spoke to Homeland Security Spokesperson, Rachel Torres, who said “Agents did conduct activity at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport last night but it is part of an ongoing investigation and no further details can be released at this time.”
We will update this story if more information becomes available.
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