KBI and Seward County Sheriff’s Office seize cocaine and aircraft

An image of the twin-engine Beechecraft Queen Air that was seized at the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport on May 11, 2017. The aircraft was carrying over 65 kilograms of cocaine. Photo Courtesy KBI.
Patrick Williams mug shot. Courtesy Seward County Sheriff’s Office
Ricardo Lopez mug shot. Patrick Williams mug shot. Courtesy Seward County Sheriff’s Office

LIBERAL, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office seized a large quantity of cocaine. They also seized a twin-engine aircraft at the airport in Liberal.

The KBI along with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations developed information which led them to be suspicious of an aircraft that would be landing at the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport.

The KBI said the aircraft landed just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, and it was detained by authorities. Over 65 kilograms of cocaine were discovered after contact was made with the plane’s occupants. The cocaine is estimated to be worth approximately $2 million.

The pilot and passenger of the aircraft were arrested after the KBI and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office seized the Beechcraft Queen Air along with the cocaine.

Ricardo Lopez and Patrick Williams have been identified as the individuals in the aircraft.


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