A Bay Area pilot forced to make an emergency landing in New Mexico due to mechanical problems has been arrested after local authorities found nearly 118 pounds of primo pot stashed in his plane.
According to Roswell police (yes that Roswell, and no the pilot wasn’t a space alien– although I’m sure he wished he had the powers of teleportation like one) 37-year-old Michael Armando Teixeira, of Gilroy landed at the Roswell International Air Center last Friday night.
Because the plane Gilroy was flying was not registered to him, nor was there a registered flight plan on file, police found him more than suspect and questioned the pilot as soon as he landed.
It was through this initial search that investigators noticed the strong, pungent scent of high-grade marijuana, freshly culled from California crops. That led to the discovery of 117.9 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged in several large bags inside the plane.
At the time of this writing, Gilroy is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center on suspicion of distribution of controlled substances. It’s unclear whether or not he has a lawyer, but all signs point to him needing one soon.