Eight kilos of cocaine worth £7M dropped on wrong house from plane
Eight kilos of pure cocaine worth nearly £7MILLION smashes through house roof in Sardinia after it’s dropped from a plane in bungled smuggling operation
- Francesco Rizzo flew single-propeller plane for the Sardinia drop-off, police said
- He flew at low altitude but the 8.5kg haul was dropped on to the wrong house
- After a three-month investigation, police arrested the pilot on Tuesday
An Italian pilot who dropped eight and a half kilograms of pure cocaine from a plane on to someone’s roof in a bungled drug handover has been arrested, police have said.
Francesco Rizzo, 28, a flight instructor from Rome, allegedly flung the £7million drug haul on to a house in Oristano, Sardinia, in March.
The flight instructor flew his light single-propeller plane at low altitude before dropping the canvas bag near the small village of Baratici San Pietro.
Flying high: An Italian pilot who dropped eight and a half kilograms of pure cocaine from a plane on to someone’s roof in a bungled drug handover has been arrested, police have said
The cocaine, when cut, would have risen to 80kg and would have a street value of around £6.8million
But instead of landing in the hands of traffickers, the drugs fell through the roof of an unsuspecting neighbour, breaking a solar panel in the process.
After hearing a loud bang, the homeowners called the police who were initially baffled at how the drugs ended up there.
The cocaine, when cut, would have risen to 80kg and would have a street value of around £6.8million, police said.
Investigators learned the Cessna had departed from Roma Urbe airport before making a stop at Monti della Tolfa airfield before heading to Sardinia.
But the plane disappeared from the radar once it was above the island for a period of 20 minutes while the pilot flew at low altitude for the drop-off.
Its GPS, later analysed by investigators, showed the plane had flown over villages in Oristano and had been photographed by CCTV.
Police said it is the first time they have heard of anyone attempting such an audacious drug handover
Police spent three months trying to track down Rizzo who also worked as a pilot for a Hungarian company, flying VIPs in private planes.
On Tuesday, he was arrested while making a stopover at Cagliari-Elmas airport on Sardinia on a flight from Germany.
Investigations are still ongoing to trace the other people involved in the drug trafficking network.
Police said it is the first time they have heard of anyone attempting such an audacious drug handover.
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