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November 27, 2013
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DEA raids firm linked to Pagosa spa

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday raided an aircraft service and charter business in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that federal agents are investigating for links to drug trafficking and using The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs to launder money.

The raid at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport was reported Monday morning by television news affiliates WFOR (CBS) and WPLG (ABC) in Miami.

The company, World Jet, is owned by Reginald “Don” Whittington, 67. His brother, William Marvin “Bill” Whittington, has represented the hot springs to the Pagosa Springs town government as it pursues a decade-long expansion. Bill Whittington’s daughters, Nerissa and Keely Whittington, are identified as owners of the resort.

A DEA informant said Don Whittington has laundered his proceeds through the spa and resort, according to a 35-page DEA affidavit.

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