OKLAHOMA CITY – It was the centerpiece of the classic ’70s and early ’80s TV classic “Fantasy Island.”
“It’s so recognizable at the beginning of the TV show,” Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said. “You saw the guests come and the line, the plane That catch line is quite famous.”
But when the show was canceled, the plane went from “famous” to “notorious.”
The production company unloaded the sea plane.
It would later be used to smuggle drugs from Columbia into the United States.
Woodward said, “There were five to six arrests associated with it, cash and other proceeds that included the plane from southeast Oklahoma.”
The agency didn’t realize what they had until following the paper trail and running that familiar tail number.
The plane was quietly tucked away in a hanger at Max Westheimer airport in Norman.
“It was never put into use,” Woodward said. “We ended up selling it and putting money back into drug enforcement. But it’s quite unique that the plane would go from a tropical paradise to southeast Oklahoma full of cocaine.”
After years of secrecy, OBN revealed the unique drug bust on their Facebook page Monday morning.