Fantasy Island plane used to smuggle drugs into Oklahoma

Posted at 1:16 PM, May 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-07 13:16:00-04

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics made an interesting announcement on their Facebook page Monday afternoon.

The agency announced that in the 1980s, they seized the seaplane from the 1970s television show, “Fantasy Island,” because it was being used to smuggle cocaine into the southeastern part of the state.

They say the plane was eventually resold and the OBN used the proceeds to benefit law enforcement needs.

A spokesman for OBN, Mark Woodward, told KFOR that there were five or six arrests associated with the plane.

The agency didn’t realize what they had until following a paper trail and running the plane’s tail number.

After the bust, the plane was stored in a hangar at Max Westheimer airport in Norman.

“It was never put into use,” Woodward said. “We ended up selling it and putting money back into drug enforcement. But it’s quite unique that the plane would go from a tropical paradise to southeast Oklahoma full of cocaine.”