Drug seizure: Ontario airline crew in custody

Crew members of the Ontario company Pivot Airlines have been detained since the beginning of April in the Dominican Republic, after the seizure of 200 packets of suspected cocaine.

Dominican authorities found eight packets, each containing 25 smaller sachets of possible cocaine, in control compartments of the plane, the Dominican Republic’s National Directorate of Drug Control said on April 6.

“The crew, passengers and other persons under investigation, as well as the aircraft, […] are under the control of the public prosecutor while the investigation continues to determine if there are other possible suspects”, it was specified.

The entire crew of the flight from Toronto to Punta Cana, nine Canadian residents, one Indian resident and one Dominican, have been detained since the find, Pivot Airlines said Tuesday in an email to CTV News.

Five people from the crew discovered the drugs on the plane and alerted the authorities, according to the airline. Dominican authorities are said to have since “defined a process for the eventual release [de l’équipage]”.


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