Citation VI Involved in Drug Bust

 - November 15, 2006, 8:48 AM

A Cessna Citation VI owned by Irish businessman Jim Mansfield was involved in a major drug bust on September 26, when Belgian police impounded the aircraft at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport and arrested its two pilots. The police reportedly seized more than 110 pounds of heroin as a passenger tried to board the jet. The aircraft had just arrived from Weston Executive Airport, near Dublin, Ireland. Mansfield, whose businesses include hotels and golf courses, also owns Weston Executive Airport. National Flight Centre (NFC), based at Weston, operates his aircraft. According to a spokesman for Mansfield, he had no knowledge that his jet was being flown out of Ireland on the day of the arrests. He said that an undisclosed third party had approached NFC asking to borrow the jet because its aircraft was out of service. As of October 3, the crew had not been released. They have denied any involvement in the alleged drug trafficking.