In early 2010, Don Whittington allegedly agreed to transport infamous Cuban terrorist and ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles to a court appearance, but the flight was canceled. (Whittington denied that allegation but couldn't explain why court documents listed his plane as the terrorist's ride.)

Whatever their involvement with the intelligence underworld, the Whittingtons have clearly been successful businessmen. Bill won a $250 million bid in 2008 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to construct an opulent spa and resort managed by his daughters. Those who know the Whittingtons say their success draws from a nearly obsessive attention to detail. "Don Whittington wants things done correctly," pilot Greg Smith recalls. "He's no-nonsense, and he won't take any crap from me or anybody."

Indeed, if the 2011 lawsuit between Don Whittington and Telemundo host María Celeste Arrarás proves anything, it's Whittington's pugnaciousness. The two had a falling-out when Whittington tried to evict Arrarás' company, Infinity Air Services, from World Jet's hangar. Whittington alleged her company had fallen behind on rent, but her organization responded that Whittington had "engaged in a reign of terror."

His "insults and threats included calling one employee who was African-American a 'nigger,'" the lawsuit says. "He vandalized [our] premises by tearing down personal property affixed to the premises, and... insinuating verbally that he would plant drugs on [a] plane. As he was previously convicted for drug smuggling, employees became afraid of being 'framed.'" (The trial court ultimately sided with Whittington in the eviction, but litigation on the alleged verbal abuse continues.)

As the courtroom drama raged, a yearlong Miami DEA investigation into the Whittingtons was sharpening its focus. "It revealed that Don Whittington sold and leased multiple jet aircraft to [drug-trafficking] agents," says the DEA affidavit, filed this past November in federal court in Denver. One of those agents was an alleged Congolese drug trafficker. "According to the DEA confidential source, proceeds from the [Whittington] sales have been invested in a ranch and a spa in western Colorado. Proceeds are laundered through the hotel or spa," the affidavit states.

At 9 a.m. November 25, federal agents swarmed World Jet's Fort Lauderdale hangar and removed passels of paper. But since then, all has been quiet. A DEA spokesperson said the agency is continuing its probe of the Whittingtons, but so far no charges have been filed, no arrests made.

And these days, World Jet continues to operate as normal, behind eight-foot-tall fences studded with barbed wire and against a backdrop of jets taking off for faraway lands.

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Poop4Daddy
Poop4Daddy

Of course they were CIA helpers, I mean, they are drug smugglers after all...

waagtod
waagtod

The whole incident at the hanger is basically "he said, she said" and is meaninglessly added purely to push the idea that these are "evil doers" and should be reviled. The people being evicted have every reason to lie seeing as they have a lawsuit pending, the supposed exchange could have been avoided if they weren't deadbeats. Typical editorial within a "news" story that would fit right in on the Fox News network. This has no place in a "news" paper, or is this a tabloid?

cynic
cynic

Agreed. "Let's introduce them as bullies and big bad racists".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@waagtod  <== whittington shill

waagtod
waagtod

@DonkeyHotay I don't know anything about the Whittingtons that I didn't read in this article. Neither do you, donkey puncher. What I do know is that an obviously inflammatory item was placed within this story that has NOTHING to do as to whether these guys are drug smugglers or not. Why? Because they want these guys to look bad. As a writer that ISN'T their job, they are supposed to be fair and balanced. Unless, of course, the writer is a hack and the news source is just a tabloid. Which would explain why a troll like yourself is reading it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@waagtod  I don't know anything about the Whittingtons "


You = Auto FAIL!

waagtod
waagtod

@DonkeyHotay DONKEY BOY ARE YOU A TOTAL RETARD? You can't read, you make stupid comments and an intelligent conversation with you is always one sided. Windmill hit you in the head?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@waagtod " I don't know anything about the Whittingtons "


So STFU!




 
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