The two were arrested on suspicion of a drug trafficking crime. The authorities practiced an ion test on the seized aircraft to identify possible traces of drugs, and found none. The individuals were flying their aircraft low over remote areas of the country known for drug trafficking. Small planes in this area have been caught dropping drugs to awaiting speed boats.
The two pilots (volunteers for LightHawk) were arrested despite having filed flight plans, and even had members of the Honduran government ICF on board at the time. Carl Wayne Mattson and Julie Anna Boyd were set free on Friday, April 26, 2013, after seven days of detainment. The couple left Utila upon their official release and flew to Belize to continue their volunteer efforts.
The complete story, “US Citizens Accused of Drug Trafficking in Honduras” is available on Honduras.com