DEA Raids Business at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Several DEA agents along with Homeland Security Investigations officers were seen at the airport offices of World Jet, Inc.

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    Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency raided a business at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Monday as part of an ongoing investigation, officials said. NBC 6's Christina Hernandez reports. (Published Monday, Nov 25, 2013)

    Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency raided a business at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Monday as part of an ongoing investigation, officials said.

    Several DEA agents along with Homeland Security Investigations officers were seen at the airport offices of World Jet, Inc.

    DEA officials wouldn't give details of the investigation.


    But according to a Colorado search warrant filed last month and leaked on the Internet by a Colorado newspaper, World Jet is owned by brothers William and Reginald Whittington, who are being investigated for links to drug trafficking organizations.

    Emails sent to the Whittington brothers for comment weren't immediately returned Monday.

    According to the warrant, Reginald Whittington sold or leased multiple aircraft to purchasing agents of Venezuelan, Colombian, African and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.


    A confidential source told the DEA that the proceeds of the sales were then invested into a ranch and spa in Colorado and were laundered through a hotel by William Whittington, the warrant said.

    The DEA has been investigating World Jet for a year, the warrant said.

    According to the warrant, William Whittington pleaded guilty to marijuana importation and federal tax violations in 1986 and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to forfeit $7 million in U.S. currency and assets to the U.S. government, the warrant said.

    In 1987, Reginald Whittington pleaded guilty to federal tax violations and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, the warrant said.

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