Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pilots who had plane, cash seized in Cody plead not guilty

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 Park County Sheriff’s Office


POWELL — Two Colorado pilots who are accused of operating an unregistered airplane that authorities claim was involved in a criminal enterprise have pleaded not guilty.

At separate appearances in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne last week, Scott Lewis and Gilbert Wiles pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to operate an unregistered aircraft and aiding and abetting the operation of an unregistered aircraft.

The charges follow the government's seizure in 2014 of the men's Cessna airplane after it landed at the municipal airport in Cody. 

Police also confiscated over $250,000 in cash from a Cody hotel room rented by the pilot and a passenger.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is pressing a civil forfeiture case against the plane and the cash, alleging both are tied to illegal drugs.

Story and photo:  http://trib.com

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