Pilot in cocaine-smuggling case charges news crew

Stanley Rafael Hill, 49, charged at a news crew and then tried to run away. (NBC/KPRC)

HOUSTON (NBC/KPRC) — A commercial pilot accused of smuggling cocaine through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, was less than thrilled to see news cameras outside the courthouse on Thursday.

He charged at a photographer and then tried to run away.

But Reporter Joel Eisenbaum went running after him demanding answers.

Stanley Rafael Hill, 49, is accused of smuggling nearly 150 grams of cocaine in his stomach while in his pilot’s uniform on Saturday.

The commercial pilot is accused of swallowing 62 bags of cocaine before boarding a flight from Bogota, Colombia, to Houston.

He was a passenger on the United Airlines flight to Houston, according to a source.

But the McKenny, Texas, man may have bitten off more than he could chew on this trip because in Houston, one of the bags may have burst inside him, a source says.

And court documents support that notion, saying the regional airline pilot called 911 himself and was transported to a Houston hospital near Bush Airport.

Hill began to pass pellets that later field-tested positive for cocaine, the federal charge reads.

Strangely, the whereabouts of the remaining pellets are unknown.

Hill wasn’t interested in answering questions about those missing pellets, but he may be compelled to answer questions in the coming weeks.

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