A Spokesman-Review article written 17 years ago has new relevance now that Sen. Bob Nonini is running for Idaho Lieutenant Governor.
The article reveals that the North Idaho Senator was arrested in 1983 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. He also later acted as a confidential informant in a major drug sting codenamed “Tailspin.”
The story gets even more bizarre, however, in that Joe Taylor—the pilot who flew a plane co-owned by Bob Nonini “to Mexico, Florida and Texas” while allegedly smuggling cocaine—was killed in a mysterious crash attributed to “pilot error.”
Despite Bob Nonini’s denial of any knowledge of Taylor’s activities, “wrongful death civil suits filed against Nonini in connection with that crash forced him to file federal bankruptcy protection in 1990,” according to the article.
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