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California pilot was just arrested after marijuana found on plane


November 30, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M. — A California pilot forced to land a small plane in New Mexico because of mechanical problems has been arrested after authorities found nearly 118 pounds of marijuana.

Roswell police say 37-year-old Michael Armando Teixeira, of Gilroy, is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center on suspicion of distribution of controlled substances.
 

It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer yet.

Teixeira landed at the Roswell International Air Center last Friday night.

Federal Aviation Administration officials at the airport discovered the plane didn’t have a flight plan on file.

Police got a search warrant after marijuana odor was detected. That led to the discovery of 117.9 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged in several large bags inside the plane.

Police say Teixeira isn’t the registered owner of the aircraft.