Many thanks must go to those readers who have tried to solve the strange case of the cocaine-laden crashed jet -- the one with the CIA history. (For earlier stories, see here
.) Friends to this blog have done some remarkably good Sherlock Holmesing. Now I must play the part of Dr. Watson, as I transform their sleuthing into a linear narrative. Toward the end, I'll describe my own recent detective work.
As you may recall, on the very day that our now-infamous Gulfstream II flew off to destiny, ownership was transfered one Clyde O'Connor -- a rather wild Florida businessman who started a multi-million dollars aviation firm after declaring bankruptcy. His very
silent partner is a guy named Greg Smith. O'Connor's firm is, or was, called Execstar; it is, or was, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Smith runs something called Global Jet Solutions.
According to Palm Beach reporter Bob Norman
, O'Connor was allowed to walk around free for a couple of weeks, even though Mexican authorities found three tons of coke in the wreckage of his jet. His liberty stunned everyone else in local aviation circles.
Norman's piece appeared on October 11. The very next day, O'Connor flew off to Canada, and from there to the Azores. I suspect that if Norman had never published, O'Connor would still be enjoying the sights and sounds of Spring Break City.
Think about it. Suppose you loan your car to your nephew, and suppose that the cops stop him and find a few ounces of weed. You stand a good chance of having your vehicle impounded, don't you?
Yet nobody stopped O'Connor from flying away in his Cessna.Over three tons of coke, folks.
When O'Connor landed in Halifax, border guards asked him if he had any firearms. He said no. They checked anyways, found two handguns
, and gave him a fine. A Canadian border services spokesperson says that O'Connor was "very cooperative" -- and that he was traveling with an unidentified woman. (I suspect that the lady may be a wife named Raisa.)
Incidentally, his partner Greg Smith refuses to talk to reporters. No word, yet, as to whether the cops consider him worthy of interest.
One of this blog's commenters, a man who calls himself LoganCale, contributed this rather startling information:
It appears Clyde O'Connor's Cessna 210 is N210TM, which flew from Halifax Int'l to St. Johns Int'l on Thursday night, and then Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, the next morning.
N210TM is registered to Mellon Investments Corporation, located at 3511 Silverside Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, Delaware. This is the address of Delaware Registry, Ltd., a company that sets up Delaware corporations.
In 2003, N1116G, an aircraft owned by One Leasing, a corporation with the same address as Mellon Investments, crashed in Columbia with 4 people on board that were allegedly CIA employees.
That Guatemalan crash was, you may recall, a rather big deal, since the CIA guys fell into the hands of FARC guerrillas.
Mellon investments is, of course, a rather fragrant name. The most notorious member of the ultra-rich Mellon clan is Richard Mellon Scaife, the Darth Vader of the anti-Clinton movement. Scaife has long made hazy claims of a CIA association.
This interesting confluence of data prompted me to research that address: 3511 Silverside Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, Delaware
. Lots of companies have used this service to set up corporations in a state where the tax-man is less welcome than elsewhere. Many of the companies using this mailing address appear to be benign.
And quite a few are not.This article
about the planespotters who uncovered the rendition scandal tells the tale: A surprising number of aircraft used in the CIA's program belonged (on paper) to businesses "headquartered" at that same office in Wilmington: 3511 Silverside Road, Suite 105.
And guess which other noteworthy organization used that address?Al Qaeda