First officer Ruben García García was arrested on August 18th 2011, by police at Barajas Airport (Madrid, Spain) with 42 kilos of cocaine, according to Mexican newspapers El Economista [es] and Milenio [es].
García arrived to Madrid as co-pilot in flight AMX001 of Mexican carrier Aeromexico. Milenio reports García is now at Soto del Real prison facility (Spain) and could face up to 9 years of prison term if convicted. Consular officials have already met with the detainee and he has received legal assistance by a public attorney.
This is the second time an aircrew of Aeromexico is involved in a drug smuggling incident. Last year three stewards of the same carrier were arrested at Barajas Airport, after they tried to smuggle in around 140 kilos of high-purity cocaine contained in 132 brick-shaped packs, according to Spanish newspaper El País [es].
With Mexicana de Aviación out of business, Aeromexico is the flag carrier airline of Mexico.
August 23rd, 2011.