Affidavit: Pilot ejected more than 200 lbs of marijuana in flight from Charlotte-area airport

Published: Nov. 25, 2015 at 4:03 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 25, 2015 at 4:03 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A commercial pilot is accused of ejecting more than 200 pounds of marijuana after taking off from a Charlotte-area airport in 2013, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday.

The affidavit states that Saad Subhi Basha is charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and structuring.

According to investigators, Basha was part of a conspiracy to bring marijuana and money related to drug trafficking into Mecklenburg and Union Counties in North Carolina. Basha allegedly flew multiple flights, transporting the drug, from California to NC.

On March 17, 2013, the affidavit states, Basha "ejected dozens of pounds of marijuana" from an aircraft after taking off from an unnamed airport in the Charlotte area after an encounter with government officials.

The affidavit states that FAA officials on the ground witnessed the drugs being ejected.

According to the documents, Basha also moved money in increments under $10,000 "in order to avoid law enforcement detection," leading to the structuring charge.

Investigators say in total, "the amount of marijuana known" to Basha was between 100 and 400 kilograms.

Officials have not released the name of the airport where the incident happened, or further details about the investigation.

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