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July 21, 2010

Police identify pot pilot

Authorities believe Darin Fayne not in area

GREENVILLE — Law enforcement authorities have identified the person who was believed to have been behind the controls of a plane abandoned Monday morning at Caddo Mills Municipal Airport, after bundles of marijuana were dropped in the Neylandville area.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday morning naming Darin Fayne, a 44-year-old white male, brown hair, blue eyes, 5’11” 180 pounds, as the pilot of the aircraft.

However, Undersheriff Joe Knight said Tuesday night that it is unlikely Fayne is still in the area.

“There is no rational reason to believe that he is,” Knight said. “We’re just covering all our bases.”

Knight said a California man, arrested at the Greenville bus station Monday morning on a parole violation warrant, has no connection to the case.

As of Tuesday, authorities had recovered approximately 160 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, at least some of which was packed into duffel bags. Three of the bags were found in the Neylandville area Monday morning and one with the aircraft. Another 89 pounds of marijuana were found inside the plane after a search warrant was served Monday afternoon. The marijuana had an estimated street value of approximately $640,000.

Although there have been no more reports of any marijuana being found, Knight said there is a slight chance additional duffel bags may have been dumped from the aircraft.

Anyone finding such a bag or seeing a person matching Fayne’s description is being asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-453-6800, or by logging in to

The public is being advised not to approach Fayne if he is located, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

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