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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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  • narcotics and weed are totally different things ? lets just be happy it was some good ole green instead of meth or some actual synthetic narcotic

    Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:34 am
    • Oh yeah ! Really happy about that ! Smoke another fatty, A..hole…..

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:44 pm
  • BTW, A plane flys in with possible drugs on board…….? Where the hell where those drug sniffing dogs? Having milk bones at dunkin donuts?

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 7:06 pm
    • Don’t pick on the dogs…

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 8:08 pm
  • Are you really shi**ing m…..200 pounds of pot behind the pilots seat, and,HCSO,lets the (pilot and co pilot) leave.Oh yeah,they are looking for them. WTF! ,,total incompetence! Who the fu..k is in charge here? Deputy jerk off Mascetelli? ….Al HAS
    GOT TO GO !!

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 6:47 pm
  • Notice the picture with one of the guys using his cel phone. Probably texting they guy who was picking them up at the airport to help them haul all that pot away………….like “don’t show, we’ve got a problem”

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 3:47 pm
  • Tom needs to get to the airport. Sheriff is getting ready to make a statement soon.

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:56 pm

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10:39 pm
    • Just because you capitalize it & add TAMPA BAY does NOT bring brooksville into the 21st century. Shouldn’t your http address have flybkvtbr in it ??? Only give credit when you want to do you????

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:03 am
  • Good job again HCSO

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 9:12 pm
    • Yeah, you’re crazy alright…..

      Friday, 3 March 2017, 8:31 am
  • So we’re the individuals arrested or not? How did they come to believe the aircraft was stolen?

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:57 pm
  • If the pilot was legit, why wouldn’t he have a log book, etc. Even if it was being reposessed (good guess!)? I certainly don’t have the answers, just curious.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:06 pm
    • Generally, aircraft log books should not go inside the plane. In the event of an accident, the NTSB will want to review the maintenance records, which is hard to do if they’re destroyed in a post-crash fire. Also, the pilot isn’t required to carry a log book either, just their FAA airman certificate, photo ID, and medical certificate.

      Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6:22 pm
      • Appreciate your help!

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 3:57 pm
  • Global Aviator & smedley61 both have good points no one thought of. Thanks for a different, enlightening spin on this.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 3:11 pm
  • My money says it’s a repo.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:58 pm
  • Are there any updates to this article?

    Unfortunately, there’s not much substance here, leaving the audience to only speculate anything from drug smuggling to contraband to customs issues. For all we really know, the guy pissed-off ATC and they sent law enforcement to collect his information. In short, someone landed at KBKV and was met with law enforcement for an unknown reason. Considering he wasn’t slammed into handcuffs, I am going to speculate it was an aviation-related infraction. Updates please.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 11:24 am
      • Thank you, Tom. YOU & the info are appreciated.

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 3:06 pm
      • From a source at the airport, the rumor is “drug smuggling”

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6:19 pm
      • In tonight’s news (Thursday), Sheriff Neihaus spoke about the incident and video with him showed packages of narcotics that were taken from the plane and there were pictures of the 2 white guys who were arrested…

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 8:06 pm
  • how can you say that’s the suspect for sure… maybe he’s undercover (hense the blur) for Homeland, or something like that

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 9:57 am
  • AMEN, UNBELIEVABLE u r so right.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6:22 am
  • FoodforThought, don’t you think leo patted everyone down after locating the plane/people ?? Bet they even checked out the plane. God I hope they are not so stupid as to skip those steps!
    Jack, yes it could be sensationalized. What other ” claim to fame ” could brooksville try?? They’re so desperate for attention/excitement here they’ve added Tampa Bay to the airport name. Thinking it will bring them into the 21st century??? The place is 250 yrs. behind times for God’s sake!!!

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:05 pm
    • Hey Unbelievable, do us all a favor and go home.

      Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6:50 am
      • Hey, okay, bring cash & buy me out. It would be a pleasure to return to CIVILIZED america where they have more than 13 word vocabulary. If you include HUH & WHAT it’s a 15 word vocabulary here. Oh, by the way, it’s a free country & I’m a free american over 21. BUY ME OUT BULLY !!!

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 11:55 am
    • Can I tell you how many times I was on a high priority call and come to find out no one got searched or checked. Officer safety is very important and is often neglected. Can I tell you how many bad guys hide stuff like weapons between their junk region and deputies fail to come across it..

      Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 8:33 am

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 11:23 am
      • FoodforThought, can I tell YOU that even a bobby pin, hat pin, lapel pin can be used as a weapon ?? If leo is NOT DOING THEIR JOB ON CHECKING HIGH PRIORITY CALL OUTS, THEY NEED TO BE REPRMANDED & RETRAINED PROPERLY. I don’t begrudge leo their safety, far from it, YOU chose the job not me. Take it out on those not doing their job instead of playing buddy buddy.

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 12:01 pm
        • i moved on to health care.

          Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6:39 pm
          • And
            y our
            is ??

            Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 8:53 pm
  • WHY is the suspect’s face blurred and the cops faces are not? It’s obvious that the suspect is not a minor. Remove the “blur” so we can see what he looks like.

    Any updates yet, Tom?

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 10:03 pm
    • Yeah……’s hard for grandma and I to pass judgements based on what he looks like if the faces are blurred…….

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 7:55 am
      • Bethy, I’m not going to “pass judgement”. I’d like to see the face of the person who flew in large amounts of drugs to Brooksville! I’m apparently one of the few who seems concerned about drug smugglers!!! Have a great day, Bethy!

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:41 am
    • Tom,

      Could you kindly remove the blur from the now suspects face so we can see it and call LE if we see them.

      Much Thanks,
      The Real Truth

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:52 pm
      • Nevermind, I see them now, my phone was not loading the pictures properly, sorry.

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:56 pm
  • Like this is the first plane ?, You all need to know your surroundings.

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 8:56 pm
  • nice how the suspect / person of interest has his hands in the pockets. safety concern for law enforcement right there.

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 6:32 pm
    • You are dumb and this article is sensationalized.

      Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 7:52 pm
      • Hey Jack Let me guess your last name is Off

        Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 9:53 pm
      • thanks for the information jack ill pass it along. hope you didnt have to take time away from your busy schedule of rocket science formulas to write all that.

        Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 8:31 am

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