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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:33 pm    Post subject: Kemah pilot tied to DEA sting... Reply with quote

Unidentified sources and Rep. Darrell Issa of California are blaming a botched DEA operation for the prolonged detention of two U.S. civilian pilots arrested in May 2011 in Honduras. The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that unnamed sources said the arrest and detention of the pilots are the result of statements made by a DEA informant seeking to divert attention away from his own illegal activity. The saga began in May of last year when 3 men claiming to be officials of the United States government flew into Honduras aboard an aircraft bearing registration number N-551MF. The trio reportedly were in possession of $2.3 million. An unidentified Panamanian customs official is said to have allowed the trio to smuggle the cash 'secreted in suitcase,' into the country and out again. Panamanian authorities claim the cash was laundered drug money. For reasons which remain unclear, Panamanian authorities seized Kenneth L. Chonoski of Kemah, Texas and Carl J. Moody of Houston.

The plane "a Bombardier Learjet 55" was rented from Blakenergy Aviation Llc, '5629 FM 1960 Road, Houston, Texas 77069' by Moody and Chonoski. At this point the muddled details make it impossible to determine if the two men were setup or merely victims of unfortunate circumstance. Others detainees associated with the case are Alan Fonseca and Astrid Robles of Honduras, Andres Bejarano and Wilmer de Jesus Cardenas of Columbia. Moody has been associated with Boat Fashions Inc., '900 Anders Lane #1, Kemah, Texas and ABCO Aviation Inc., 8421 Nelms Street, Houston, Texas. It is unknown if Jeremy Moody has any connection to the famous Galveston family but Chonoski "coincidentally" purchased a home formerly owned by Moody National Bank.

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