DEA Raids Business Owned By Whittington
FORT LAUDERDALE — The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a business owned by former Indy car and sports car racer Don Whittington on Monday.
World Jet, which offers aircraft sales and charter flight operations out of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, was part of a DEA, FBI and Homeland Security drug investigation on Monday.
According to published reports, the DEA alleges that World Jet supplies planes for South American drug shipments.
The Durango (Colo.) Herald obtained a DEA search warrant that alleges World Jet sold and leased planes to drug trafficking cartels. As well, Don Whittington is suspected of having laundered money through the Spring Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colo., which is owned by a family member.
No arrests were made on Monday, but agents took boxes of records from the scene.
“We’re looking for anything. It could be documents, it could be certain properties,” DEA spokeswoman Mia Ro told CBS4 in Ft. Lauderdale.
Don Whittington and his brother Bill each did time for marijuana trafficking during the 1980s. The Whittingtons and their younger brother Dale all qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in 1982. Don Whittington made five starts at Indianapolis with a best finish of sixth in 1982.