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Drug Cartel Planned to Smuggle Cocaine into Bolingbrook Airport: DEA

The operation was planned for the same weekend as the 12th annual Cavalcade of Planes at the Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, according to reports.

Last spring, leaders of a drug trafficking organization offered a pilot $40,000 to fly 26 kilos of cocaine into Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, according to the Chicago Tribune

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The operation was planned for the same weekend in June as the 13th annual Cavalcade of Planes

That pilot turned out to be a Drug Enforcement Administration informant, and two men were arrested at Clow International Airpot. They agreed to cooperate with authorities. 

There's a growing use of smaller airports for regional drug rings, the Trib reported

"Really we're beginning to see that more and more domestically, said Jack Riley, the Drug Enforcement Administration's special agent in charge of its Chicago division. "Of course, the Mexican organizations will move it across the border virtually any way possible. But the regional organizations are moving dope and money into smaller airports where there's really less law enforcement and most of them don't even file a flight plan. It's very effective."

Read more about the plan to smuggle cocaine into Bolingbrook here. 

Jimmy J February 12, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I have some thoughts..do you think this was the first time that drug runners were going to use Clow Airport? I wonder... Also, I was reminded many years ago there was drug running going on using a small airport in Mena, Arkansas with possible connections to Bill Clinton when he was governor.
Mickey February 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Thank you Maria. After I was done listening to the message from Valley View, I checked my email for any alerts from the Patch and this happened to be what I came across first.
Buford Pusser February 13, 2013 at 02:05 AM
You still have the Truck stop which is a major drug hub!
Bob Jonas February 13, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Its all about location, location, location. That's what makes Bolingbrook so attractive to people and businesses
Joe Biden February 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Half the people in this town are on coke. The cops have a lot of nerve blocking our supply of mind altering substances. You know, in order to live in this state your mind has to be permanently altered. I cannot find my assault rifle, where did I put it? You see what happens without my mind saving drugs? I cannot function without my mind being numb. If its not I am actually aware of my own thoughts which are very scary. Have a nice day, Bollingbrook.

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