JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) agents, assigned to National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, seized an aircraft at Naples Municipal Airport on Nov. 7.
The operators of the Cessna 206 did not have valid aircraft registration, or any required export documents, available for review after landing at the airport to refuel. Agents contacted the registered aircraft owner and were told that the small plane had been sold several months ago to a buyer planning to export the aircraft to Bolivia.
Homeland Security Investigations took custody of the aircraft and transported it to the Collier County Sheriff's aircraft hangar.
The two men on the single-engine fixed-wing aircraft were released without incident.
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