Pilot left standing trial in Coastal Road drug plane landing

Miguel Meseguer

In December last year, seven of eight men who were charged with a series of drug related offenses saw their charges withdrawn from against them. Left facing trial in the drug bust is 71-year-old Miguel Mesenguer, a pilot and Mexican national. Because he was battling with COVID-19 in December 2020, he never made it to court with his co-accuseds. The case has now been called up virtually since he has recovered and he sat inside a prison cell to hear where the case now is.
Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford addressed him via phone as a translator explained to Mesenguer that the case against him is expected to go to trial on March 22, 2021. Mesenguer is represented by attorney Anthony Sylvester.
On December 3, 2020, an Ecuadoran co-pilot, 44-year-old Juan Pablo Larrea Cruz, along with six Hondurans identified as 37-year-old Terencio Mejia Cruz, 64-year-old Jacabi Yodani Mejia Garcia, 52-year-old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, 31-year-old David Noe Orellana Discua, 33-year-old Allan Yovani Mejia Chirinos, and 52-year-old Norlan Jose Carrasco Lopez were all set free when a directive from the DPP’s office informed the court to withdraw all charges from against the men. The drug plane landed on September 9, 2019 on the Coastal Road where a shootout ensued and eight persons were detain and charged. The seven men had faced immigration offense for which they all pleaded guilty to and were fined and an Order to Leave (OTL) was granted for their expulsion.