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Panama drops charges against U.S. Pilots
Houston CBS News:
Panama Drops Money Laundering Case Against US Pilots
October 24, 2012 12:23 PM
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American Jet International
pilots money laundering
HOUSTON (AP) — Two charter pilots from Texas who were
in Panama on suspicion of money laundering are heading home for good.
American Jet International spokesman Bruce Hicks says Carl Moody and Kenneth Chonoski will return to Houston Wednesday afternoon. Neither was ever charged with any
Moody and Chonoski were detained after landing in Panama in May 2011. Inspectors said they found $2.3 million in the bags of one of their passengers, a Honduran traveler.
Hicks says a judge in Panama City dismissed the case against them last Thursday. He says a prosecutor determined they are innocent.
Panama authorities imprisoned then freed the pilots, but ordered them to remain in the country pending an investigation. They were allowed to return to the U.S. twice to renew their pilot’s licenses.
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