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Air Force jet was used for drug run, authorities say

Air Force jet was used for drug run, authorities say



NEW YORK (AP) A U.S. military pilot and a sergeant were being held on federal narcotics charges after admitting they flew an Air Force jet from New York to Germany and returned with 290,000 pills of Ecstasy worth millions of dollars, authorities said Wednesday.

Capt. Franklin Rodriguez, 35, and Master Sgt. John Fong, 36, were arrested Tuesday when their cargo plane returned to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, about 40 miles north of New York City.

The men were ordered held without bail at court appearances late Wednesday. Jennifer Brown, a lawyer for Fong, declined to comment. A lawyer for Rodriguez could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rodriguez and Fong, members of the Air National Guard, allegedly went to a hotel room in Germany and loaded packages of Ecstasy into their personal luggage, the complaint alleged.

When they returned to Stewart, federal law enforcement agents watched Fong load bags and boxes into a BMW registered to Rodriguez, the complaint said.

Later, both men consented to interviews during which Rodriguez admitted he had brought the drugs from Germany and had done so before, eventually taking the drugs to his Bronx apartment for distribution, the complaint said.

Fong admitted he brought pills on three other military flights and that he was paid $10,000 a trip, the complaint said.

Christopher Giovino, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, said each pill of Ecstasy could be sold for between $9 and $40. That means the drugs seized in the case could be worth between $2.9 million and $11.6 million on the street.

If convicted, the men face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, prosecutors said.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a synthetic drug considered part hallucinogen and part amphetamine.
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no kiddin'... if you're gonna do shit like that, ya DON'T break down during just an interview!!
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no kiddin'... if you're gonna do shit like that, ya DON'T break down during just an interview!!

thats what im saying!!

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They probably got the crap knocked out of them during that little "interview" or whatever you want to call it.
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They probably got the crap knocked out of them during that little "interview" or whatever you want to call it.
for what? asking what ya had in your personal belongins? uhm, yeah. i brought some german candy. they just had questions about what they brought, doubt they went straight to beatin' lol
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no kiddin'... if you're gonna do shit like that, ya DON'T break down during just an interview!!
yeah, ya clam up till the lawyer arrives.
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yeah, ya clam up till the lawyer arrives.
I don't think that applies to the military, remember, they aren't civilians....
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I don't think that applies to the military, remember, they aren't civilians....

Actually that also applies to the military under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). A soldier/airman/sailor/marine has the right to remain silent and the right to counsel. The thing is that usually when you get in trouble its non-judicial punishment... meaning that you don't get a conviction on your record and don't need a lawyer. These idiots obviously should have kept their mouths shut and asked for a lawyer.

I was reading the article and thinking, "how could these guys be so stupid," then I got my answer: ...to Stewart Air National Guard Base .... Active duty isn't that dumb....... usually.

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