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Jun 21, 2012
 
about 30 law enforcement officers there. then there were two state patrol officers doing license checks on the old blue ridge highway, near the union/fannin line. not sure if connected, but seems likely.
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Jun 21, 2012
 
wondering minds wrote:
about 30 law enforcement officers there. then there were two state patrol officers doing license checks on the old blue ridge highway, near the union/fannin line. not sure if connected, but seems likely.


probably catching those illegals, putting them on airplanes at the airport and flying them to south america. or medico.


They may have a firing squad over there also.


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Jun 21, 2012
 
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probably catching those illegals, putting them on airplanes at the airport and flying them to south america. or medico.
They may have a firing squad over there also.
they will have half of blairsville and some of the police n sheriff or illegals

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Just gettig ready for the Front Page Story in the NGN for next weeks paper!

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Jun 21, 2012
 
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Just gettig ready for the Front Page Story in the NGN for next weeks paper!
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Are they rehearsing or is it the real thing this time? Did they find Scott for the leading role?
maybe rentals returning

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August 13, 2007
Drugs don't fly
Unscheduled landing lands two in jail

By Kay Harris

VALDOSTA — Two men overestimated their fuel supply and underestimated Valdosta when they attempted to land their plane of drugs in the dark.

Criminals beware: Not only is it dangerous to drive drugs through Valdosta, thanks to the Lowndes County ICE team, it’s also dangerous to try to fly them in, thanks to a quick-reacting employee at the Valdosta Regional Airport.

It is not unusual for small private aircraft to come and go 24 hours a day at the General Aviation Terminal at the airport. What is unusual is one that doesn’t activate the runway lights before landing, touching down in the dark.

According to Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Brian Childress, an airport employee thought it was unusual enough to alert police, who responded and requested permission to search the plane. The search uncovered 5.3 pounds of marijuana and two weapons, a .38 handgun and a 9mm Beretta. The marijuana was packed in a rifle case.

“At approximately 4:30 a.m., the Cessna 172, tail No. N6091E, landed without activating the runway lights,” said Childress.“We have the pilot, Derek Stephens, and the passenger, William Jonathan Nichols, in custody and they will be transported to the Lowndes County Jail.”

Nichols, who turns 32 on Thursday, and Stephens, age 30, rented the small four-seat aircraft in their hometown of Blairsville at the North Georgia city’s Municipal Airport. According to Valdosta Regional Airport Executive Director Bob Holliway, small aircraft aren’t required to file a flight plan, and it was unknown if the two men had done so.

What Childress and the VPD determined from interviewing the pair is that they overestimated their fuel supply on the aircraft and had to make an unscheduled landing in Valdosta to refuel. Police believe Stephens is not a licensed pilot, but rather a student pilot, which may have contributed to their error in judgment by not activating the runway lights.

Holliway says it’s not an FAA violation, but certainly raised an airport employee’s suspicions about a small plane landing in the dark and early morning fog.

Childress said the plane took off from an airport in Sarasota, Fla., and they believe it was headed back to Blairsville when it had to make the unexpected stop in Valdosta. He said the men have been charged with possession with intent to distribute and officials are not ruling out federal charges at this time.

VPD Cmdr. Eugene Bell said the police have certainly seen their share of vehicles transporting drugs, but this is a first in his memory where the drugs were flown in.

Asked if the VPD is confiscating the plane as they would if it had been a vehicle, Bell said since it’s a rental, they cannot.

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Jun 22, 2012
 
maybe rentals returning wrote:
August 13, 2007
Drugs don't fly
Unscheduled landing lands two in jail

By Kay Harris

VALDOSTA — Two men overestimated their fuel supply and underestimated Valdosta when they attempted to land their plane of drugs in the dark.

Criminals beware: Not only is it dangerous to drive drugs through Valdosta, thanks to the Lowndes County ICE team, itÂ’s also dangerous to try to fly them in, thanks to a quick-reacting employee at the Valdosta Regional Airport.

It is not unusual for small private aircraft to come and go 24 hours a day at the General Aviation Terminal at the airport. What is unusual is one that doesnÂ’t activate the runway lights before landing, touching down in the dark.

According to Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Brian Childress, an airport employee thought it was unusual enough to alert police, who responded and requested permission to search the plane. The search uncovered 5.3 pounds of marijuana and two weapons, a .38 handgun and a 9mm Beretta. The marijuana was packed in a rifle case.

“At approximately 4:30 a.m., the Cessna 172, tail No. N6091E, landed without activating the runway lights,” said Childress.“We have the pilot, Derek Stephens, and the passenger, William Jonathan Nichols, in custody and they will be transported to the Lowndes County Jail.”

Nichols, who turns 32 on Thursday, and Stephens, age 30, rented the small four-seat aircraft in their hometown of Blairsville at the North Georgia cityÂ’s Municipal Airport. According to Valdosta Regional Airport Executive Director Bob Holliway, small aircraft arenÂ’t required to file a flight plan, and it was unknown if the two men had done so.

What Childress and the VPD determined from interviewing the pair is that they overestimated their fuel supply on the aircraft and had to make an unscheduled landing in Valdosta to refuel. Police believe Stephens is not a licensed pilot, but rather a student pilot, which may have contributed to their error in judgment by not activating the runway lights.

Holliway says itÂ’s not an FAA violation, but certainly raised an airport employeeÂ’s suspicions about a small plane landing in the dark and early morning fog.

Childress said the plane took off from an airport in Sarasota, Fla., and they believe it was headed back to Blairsville when it had to make the unexpected stop in Valdosta. He said the men have been charged with possession with intent to distribute and officials are not ruling out federal charges at this time.

VPD Cmdr. Eugene Bell said the police have certainly seen their share of vehicles transporting drugs, but this is a first in his memory where the drugs were flown in.

Asked if the VPD is confiscating the plane as they would if it had been a vehicle, Bell said since itÂ’s a rental, they cannot.
Any relation to our Sheriff?
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Jun 22, 2012
 
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Any relation to our Sheriff?
Son of school superintendant Tommy Stephens

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Jun 22, 2012
 
maybe rentals returning wrote:
<quoted text>Son of school superintendant Tommy Stephens
Ahh. Lovely.

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Jun 22, 2012
 
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<quoted text>Ahh. Lovely.
interesting even if old news.
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I heard they were gathering to form a raid on Butternut poker table. They are expecting to haul in $37.15 in this raid.
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With the $37.15 they were going over to Mike's Seafood for oysters. Can't blaim them..... The oysters are great.

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Flying drugs is not uncommon. Rumors have it that Blairsville is a frequent stop for drug off loads due to its remote location.

The drop is done in two ways. Vans are pre-placed at the LZ for the pick up. The drugs come in by air with either a quick stop or in some cases using run out aircraft, such as C-47's, the aircraft is abandoned.

The rumors make sense from the remote location standpoint but not from the lack of arrests for dropping the drugs, i.e. if Blairsville is such a prime place to drop drugs why aren't there more arrests?
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Andrew C. Thornton II (1945–1985) was a head member of "The Company", a drug smuggling ring in Kentucky. The son of Carter and Peggy Thornton of Threave Main Stud farm in southern Bourbon County, Kentucky. Drew grew up living a privileged life in the Lexington, Kentucky area and attended the private Sayre School with many other Lexington blue bloods. He later transferred to Sewanee Military Academy and then joined the Army as a paratrooper. After quitting the Army, he became a Lexington police officer [1] on the narcotics task force. He then attended the University of Kentucky Law School. During his tenure, he began smuggling [1].

Thornton had a criminal conviction for drug possession while he engaged in drug trafficking. On a particular smuggling run from Colombia, having dumped packages of cocaine off near the Blairsville, N. Georgia, Andrew jumped from his auto-piloted Cessna 404[2]. In the September 11, 1985 jump, he was caught in his parachute and ended up in a free fall to the ground. His dead body was found in the back yard of Knoxville, Tennessee resident Fred Myers[3]. The plane crashed over 60 miles away in Hayesville, North Carolina[4]. At death Thornton was wearing night vision goggles, a bulletproof vest, Gucci loafers, and a green Army duffel bag containing approximately 40 kilos (79 lbs.) of cocaine valued at $15 million,$4,500 in cash, knives, and two pistols. Three months later, a dead black bear was found in the Chattahoochee National Forest that had apparently overdosed on cocaine dropped by Thornton.[5]

The story of Andrew C. Thornton II was examined in Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice and in Sally Denton's The Bluegrass Conspiracy.[6] Robert L. Williams, Cowboys Caravan, looks into the death of his son David, and his skydiving relationship with Drew Thornton. Andrew “Drew” Thornton was also detailed in a Discovery Channel double-length episode of “The FBI Files” named “Dangerous Company” in 2003.

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Jun 22, 2012
 
OathKeeper wrote:
Flying drugs is not uncommon. Rumors have it that Blairsville is a frequent stop for drug off loads due to its remote location.
The drop is done in two ways. Vans are pre-placed at the LZ for the pick up. The drugs come in by air with either a quick stop or in some cases using run out aircraft, such as C-47's, the aircraft is abandoned.
The rumors make sense from the remote location standpoint but not from the lack of arrests for dropping the drugs, i.e. if Blairsville is such a prime place to drop drugs why aren't there more arrests?
Surely that’s a rhetorical question – isn’t it??

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riiiiiiiiip cord wrote:
Andrew C. Thornton II (1945–1985) was a head member of "The Company", a drug smuggling ring in Kentucky. The son of Carter and Peggy Thornton of Threave Main Stud farm in southern Bourbon County, Kentucky. Drew grew up living a privileged life in the Lexington, Kentucky area and attended the private Sayre School with many other Lexington blue bloods. He later transferred to Sewanee Military Academy and then joined the Army as a paratrooper. After quitting the Army, he became a Lexington police officer [1] on the narcotics task force. He then attended the University of Kentucky Law School. During his tenure, he began smuggling [1].
Thornton had a criminal conviction for drug possession while he engaged in drug trafficking. On a particular smuggling run from Colombia, having dumped packages of cocaine off near the Blairsville, N. Georgia, Andrew jumped from his auto-piloted Cessna 404[2]. In the September 11, 1985 jump, he was caught in his parachute and ended up in a free fall to the ground. His dead body was found in the back yard of Knoxville, Tennessee resident Fred Myers[3]. The plane crashed over 60 miles away in Hayesville, North Carolina[4]. At death Thornton was wearing night vision goggles, a bulletproof vest, Gucci loafers, and a green Army duffel bag containing approximately 40 kilos (79 lbs.) of cocaine valued at $15 million,$4,500 in cash, knives, and two pistols. Three months later, a dead black bear was found in the Chattahoochee National Forest that had apparently overdosed on cocaine dropped by Thornton.[5]
The story of Andrew C. Thornton II was examined in Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice and in Sally Denton's The Bluegrass Conspiracy.[6] Robert L. Williams, Cowboys Caravan, looks into the death of his son David, and his skydiving relationship with Drew Thornton. Andrew “Drew” Thornton was also detailed in a Discovery Channel double-length episode of “The FBI Files” named “Dangerous Company” in 2003.
Thanks for the interesting history.
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Jun 23, 2012
 
I can't find the story anywhere on the internet.

Around '73-'75, I went with a friend to the local little airport in Covington GA, acually just north in Oxford, to take one flying lesson. There was a huge plane sitting there, much bigger than the others, and I was told it was the plane that was flown off of Tray Mtn in Hiawassee. Some drug runner guys had built a little short runway, marked it with glowing paper bags for a night landing, landed, and the plane was stuck there. If I recall right it was a DC-something, 3 I think. The government offered it to anyone that could fly it out of there. The old man giving me the flying lesson I later heard was the guy that flew it out. I heard the story from several people back then.

Does anyone remember anything about it. Maybe it's just too old a story to be on the internet.

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