A regional airline pilot flew directly to jail after a lame attempt at smuggling cocaine into the country landed him in the hospital.
Police say Stanley Rafael Hill, a 49-year-old pilot and father of two, flew to Colombia this weekend and loaded up on the cocaine, swallowing more than sixty bags of drugs before boarding a commercial flight to Houston as a passenger.
When the flight landed in Houston, Hill was forced to request medical help and is currently recuperating in a Texas hospital room guarded by an armed police officer. He's been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
It's not clear whether Hill, an FAA-licensed commercial pilot with clearance to fly 737's, had special security clearances at the Colombian airport he flew out of—though his ill-advised choice to swallow 62 bags of cocaine suggests he probably did not.