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Ex-Swiss rescue pilot held for pot smuggling

A helicopter pilot who once worked for Rega, the Swiss emergency rescue service, has been arrested in Spain along with his Swiss co-pilot after being caught in a chopper with 600 kilograms of cannabis, according to media reports.

The 68-year-old pilot, a Frenchman who lives in Basel, is being detained in prison along with 14 other people after Spanish narcotics police busted two drug smuggling rings in the Malaga region, the Blick newspaper reported online on Monday.

The pilot, known as “Jack,” is accused, in addition to charges related to the cannabis cargo, of training helicopter pilots to smuggle hashish from Morocco, the Swiss daily said, citing police information reported by the Spanish newspaper ABC.

He allegedly trained the pilots to fly dangerous missions at night across the Strait of Gibraltar just above sea level to avoid radar detection.

Jack was arrested along a 46-year-old Swiss man whom

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