Plane, Truck, 197 Lbs of Marijuana Seized at BTB Airport, Warrants for Pilot and Passenger
BROOKSVILLE – On Tuesday RNRF broke the news of that Federal Agents had intercepted a small aircraft at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport late Monday night. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL REPORT
RNRF responded to the scene and captured video of two men being detained by Sheriff’s Deputies while Agents with Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers (HSI-ICE) made their way to the scene.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis met with reporters today to announce the discovery of nearly 200 Lbs. of Marijuana that was discovered inside the plane, after a search warrant was granted by a Judge.
According to Nienhuis, “Around 10:20 p.m. we got a call from Homeland Security that a small aircraft may be landing in Hernando County. Shortly after, a Hernando County Deputy happened to see the plane being put into a hanger with the door in the process of being closed.” Nienhuis says that deputy met the pilot, Joshua Overton, 32, of St. Petersburg and Aaron Andrus, 38, of Chico, California as they were exiting the hangar and detained them during the investigation.
Nienhuis confirmed what RNRF overheard during Overton’s and Andrus’ interrogation, which was that neither man would answer questions or allow access to the hanger.
Both men were allowed to go free that night while investigators pursued a search warrant from a local Judge. By 6:30 a.m. investigators executed that search warrant and found 197 lbs. of marijuana secured in duffel bags and wrapped in vacuum packed bags.
The aircraft and a 2010 Ford F 150 were seized during the investigation but officials have not been able to locate Overton or Andrus.
When captured, both men will face drug trafficking charges and will be held on $41,000 bonds.
The multi-agency investigation included the HCSO, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, FAA, and Homeland Security.
The value of the marijuana is estimated to be over $300,000.
The investigation continues.
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