months after an American-registered DC9 airliner was busted with 5.5 tons of
cocaine, a major
international scandal is brewing over a second
drug trafficking incident
in Mexico's Yucatan involving an
American-registered jet owned by a dummy front company of the kind usually
associated with the CIA.
weekend visit to
“Donna Blue Aircraft Inc” of Coconut Beach FL.,
the company which
FAA records show owned the
(N987SA) which crash-landed
with 3.7 tons of cocaine aboard
Yucatan two weeks ago, has revealed
that the company’s listed address
is an empty office suite with a blank sign out front.
There was no sign
of Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc.,
at the address listed
at the Florida Dept. of Corporations,
4811 Lyons Technology
Parkway #8 in
Coconut Beach FL.
there were, oddly enough, a
half-dozen unmarked police cars parked directly in front of
the empty suite.
Phone calls to
Butters Development, the industrial park's
leasing agent, went unreturned.
Moreover the brief description of Donna Blue on
its Internet page, apparently
designed to “flesh out the ghost a little,” is such a clumsy half-hearted
effort that it defeats the purpose of helping aid the construction of a
plausible “legend,” or cover, and ends up doing more harm than good...
For example, the website features a quote from a satisfied Donna Blue Aircraft
his name is “John
Doe.” And the listed phone number is right out of the movies:
Its known in the trade as
"Its My Party and I'll Bust Who I Want To"
biggest clue to date to the true identity of the individuals or organization
operating behind the dummy front of "Donna
Blue Aircraft" may lie in its initials, "DBA,"
for "doing business as."
the kind of cute nomenclature for which
"the boys" are known to be fond.
For the Bush Administration, which
recently launched a PR offensive announcing major gains in the
multibillion-dollar anti-drug effort in preparation for asking Congress for a $1
billion Plan Colombia-type aid package to help Mexico fight drug traffickers,
the controversy could not have come at a worse time.
The billion dollars in proposed
U.S. aid, Mexican newspapers pointed out, will only be used to target drug
traffickers with no obvious ties to American intelligence.
Leading to this extraordinary skepticism is the fact that recent investigations
into downed drug planes have suffered, on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border,
from a certain murkiness.
New Scientific Discovery Links Drug Planes to Quarks
authorities and the American DEA have apparently concluded that Mankind’s
knowledge of the ownership of large commercial and business jets busted carrying
multi-ton loads of narcotics is governed, like the understanding of the movement
of subatomic quarks, by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.
The more influential the listed owner of the plane is, the more
uncertain the identification becomes. The whole business,
suggested a story which ran on the
Associated Press, quickly moves beyond the realm of human ken…
“How the U.S.-registered Gulfstream ended up in the hands of suspected drug
traffickers remains a mystery,” reported the Associated Press.
How indeed? Let’s take a look.
When the company’s principals,
Joao Luiz Malago and Eduardo
Dias Guimaraes, both Brazilian,
forcefully denied that they still
owned the plane, claiming it had been sold several weeks earlier to two American
pilots in Florida, officials at the DEA (which sent a six-man team to the
Yucatan crash site) the FBI, and the FAA were all conspicuous by their silence.
Since then, there has been a
growing perception expressed in the Mexican
press that the owners of both of the American-registered drug plane’s seem to
enjoy an apparent immunity from prosecution.
Set a Straw Man Up, Set a Straw Man Down
“The proprietary company of the unit, Donna Blue Inc. Aircraft (DBA), is another
mystery and probably it is a ghost company,” reported Mexico City’s La Reforma.
Indications point to the conclusion that their skepticism is justified.
Increasing suspicion even more was
the suggestion, in a report of a committee of the European Parliament,
that in addition to having been used in drug trafficking the Gulfstream II had
flown CIA rendition flights to Guantanamo.
Unnamed authorities quoted in
Associated Press accounts dismissed this report, saying there was no evidence
the plane flew renditions, but failed to address the fact that Guantanamo is
highly restricted airspace, and any plane landing there can be presumed to be
working for the U.S. Government.
What has raised the crash-landing
of the Gulfstream II drug plane with U.S. Government connections to the level of
real outrage is its extraordinary
to the DC9 airliner caught a year and a half ago, after which the planes’
registered owner suffered no ill consequences from having his
airplane caught with 5.5 tons of
There are “wonderful similarities,” Mexican newspaper Por Esto reported drolly,
“between the Gulfstream which crash-landed in the tiny hamlet of Tixkokob and
the DC9 busted in Ciudad del Carmen which help explain why, despite the fact
that almost 18 months has passed, the American owner of the DC9 has not been
charged with any crime.”
Ghost Fleets of Ghost Planes owned by Ghost Companies
reference is to information contained in a series of articles in the
MadCowMorningNews detailing connections between the DC9 and the national
Republican Party, like its unpaid use flying current Florida Republican Senator
Mel Martinez around the state during his last week blitz before his election to
the Senate in 2004.
The DC9’s owner was
identified in FAA documents as Royal Sons’ Inc., owned by Frederic Geffon of
Yet despite the fact
that Geffon back-dated sales documents and then had them faxed to the FAA
several days after his DC9 was already in the news for the big bust, no action
has been taken against Geffon, or any other owners of the plane.
Geffon claimed he had
sold the DC9, several weeks before it was caught, and identified the buyer as
an “airplane broker” in California who investigation revealed has no history of
The circumstances of the subsequent “investigations” share many similarities. The
governments involved—Mexico, the United States,
Venezuela, and Colombia—all appear unable to agree on who owned the
planes when they were busted.
In both cases Mexican
authorities were quick to arrest individuals who authorities labeled crew
members on the drug flights.
The Third Rail, The Big Taboo, & The Big Fix
But the plane’s
ownership has been made to appear “murky,” although the
owners of the planes at the time they were caught are clearly named in FAA
documents. And both plane’s
American owners appear to be escaping Scot-free.
Could the confusion be deliberate?
An aviation executive in Venice thought so.
"When it comes to registering airplanes, it’s the Wild West out there," he
explained. “An airplane is a mobile, big ticket item. Yet there are no airport
police doing ramp checks, or checking N numbers at airports.”
“The FAA system for registering airplanes is
little-changed from when it was started back in the good ol boy days of the
1930’s. Each plane has a paper folder, for example, stuffed with all
correspondence regarding airworthiness and ownership relating to that plane.”
“Its an antiquated system which some feel is
kept deliberately in place to encourage a certain ambiguity when a plane is
interdicted. When a change of registration is mailed in, the FAA places a
plane’s folder in what they call “suspense.”
a tremendous inducement to anyone with a chance of having a plane nabbed to keep
floating sales in progress. The CIA, for example, is very adept at keeping files
on its planes “in suspense.”
An airplane associated in some way with the
U.S. Government, said an aviation source with a smirk, would have definite
advantages for a drug smuggler.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on...
The first incident—the DC9 “Cocaine
One” saga studiously ignored in the
American press, save for an error-filled apologia in the plane’s owners hometown
St. Petersburg Times—dropped from sight quickly with no apparent serious
Two weeks ago in the Yucatan, events took a similar turn. And both incidents now
seem headed for similar outcomes.
Today only elements of the
“wised-up” Mexican press are crying foul.
After being owned for nearly a decade by ARI,
Air Rutter International, the Gulfstream apparently changed hands-- at least
two, and by one account, three--times in recent weeks.
MadCowMorningNews has learned new details that throw suspicion on the claim that
two American pilots in Fort
Lauderdale Florida could have paid $2 million cash, as described by Donna Blue
execs, for the Gulfstream II business jet...
It's a deadly game of musical chairs.
What will happen when the music stops?
SCHMUCKS, SCHLUBS, & THE RUSSIAN MOB