Venezuelan gold pilot pleads guilty for light sentence; U.S. keeps $5 million haul


By Jay Weaver
Miami Herald
Monday, November 18, 2019

Two Venezuelans charged with smuggling about $5 million worth of gold bars in a private plane to south Florida have cut plea deals with federal prosecutors to gain light prison sentences along with immediate deportation to Venezuela.

Pilot Victor Fossi Grieco, 51, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to transport 230 pounds of gold hidden in the nose of the plane to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. He was sentenced to the time he has served while in custody since his arrest in September.

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His passenger, Jean Carlos Sanchez Rojas, 42, plans to plead guilty to the same charge this week and is expected to receive similar punishment from U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

And who gets to keep the valuable bars of gold? The U.S. government. ...

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