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Kauai helicopter pilot indicted on drug charges

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:09 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2012

LIHUE >> A pilot who flies Kauai County's helicopter for rescue and training missions has been indicted on drug charges. 

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Kurt Patrick Ventura, a pilot who works for the company that is contracted by the county to fly and maintain its helicopter. The indictment alleges promoting a harmful drug, use of drug paraphernalia, possession of an anabolic steroid and other charges.

The Garden Island (http://bit.ly/H30bDR ) reports he was arrested on March 12 and posted bail.

A county spokeswoman says a warrant has been issued for his arrest after the indictment was returned. 

Ventura could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman has notified the company that Ventura is prohibited from flying the helicopter pending the outcome of the investigation.

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noheawilli wrote:
Why take the guys job away from him, he wasnt busted for flying charges and he IS innocent until proven guilty. Why dont we just finally do away with these drug laws?
on March 30,2012 | 12:04PM
maafifloos wrote:
Is he tone of he chopper pilots that go flying around in the boonies looking for pot plants?
on March 30,2012 | 12:48PM
dalawyer wrote:
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a helicopter, it's the Flying Ventura! Join the circus buddy were you can smoke all the dope you want to!
on March 30,2012 | 01:48PM
allie wrote:
Too many public employees on meth. It is destroying the integrity of public service.
on March 30,2012 | 02:19PM
cojef wrote:
The designer drug of choice. once used, you're hooked forever. Bad business fooling around addicts. It's unsafe and dangerous, cuz the addict is an unpredtictable entity, and not human. Harsh but that's reality and am saying as it is.
on March 30,2012 | 02:53PM
lastuhu wrote:
Make ice from water
on March 30,2012 | 08:08PM
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