Cocaine Pilot Pleads Guilty
Eugene Cobbs says he's guilty of flying $24-million dollars worth of cocaine from Philadelphia to California.
WHEELING -- Eugene Cobbs, 38 who crahsed his plane near the Ohio County Airport back in 2004 told a federal judge that he was guilty of the charges against him. Cobbs admitted that he was flying a plane illegally from California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After crashing the plane Cobbs paid a local resident to drive him to a Weirton Hotel where he stayed until his friends picked him up. Meanwhile federal authorities told the Judge Fredrick Stamp they found more than $24-million dollars of cocaine on board the plane. Testimony further revealed the cocaine was wrapped in duct tape and christmas wrapping papers. It was stuffed inside laundry and duffle bags.
Special agents say they later found Cobbs living an extravagant lifestyle in Mexico. Cobbs agreed to forfeit $18,000 in cash. Cobbs remains in the Northern Regional Jail and faces up to 10 years in prison and fine of $4,000,000. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Story by Dave Elias