Plane stopped at airportHomeland Security Investigation releases little information on operation
Little information is available today regarding an aircraft that was stopped at Washington Municipal Airport Tuesday morning. Any questions to the Washington Police Department on the incident have been directed to public affairs at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
In an e-mail, HSI public affairs officer Shawn Neudauer confirmed that an operation had taken place at the airport. He said that he provided all the information that he can share at this time.
“Special Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in cooperation with local police, conducted a law enforcement operation yesterday at the Washington Municipal Airport in Washington, Iowa. As this operation concerns an ongoing investigation no further information is publicly available at this time,” the release read.
Neudauer explained that HSI is a federal criminal investigative service, akin to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or Secret Service. He said that the agency is part of ICE, but the investigations aren’t limited to immigration. He said HSI’s focus concerns a broad range of laws that cover traditional customs violations.
According to the police log, a pilot check and medical certification check were requested Tuesday morning in the 1600 block of South Airport Road in Washington. Officers responded. The certification was valid. The incident was documented.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration database, the tail number of the plane stopped is a fixed wing, multi-engine 2002 Piper PA-34-2207 registered to Jack M. Cooper and Associates LLC in Wilton, Ct. While the business doesn’t have a Web site, Bizapedia.com lists it as a business consultant that has been operating for 11 years.