By SHEILA BURKE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a once prominent Nashville businessman with a drug smuggling past on charges of obstruction of justice and being a convicted felon in possession of 16 firearms.
The grand jury returned the indictment Wednesday against 75-year-old Russell Brothers Jr. of Burns, TN. Brothers was in the news last year after belly landing a small vintage plane at a closed Nashville airport and then ditching the aircraft in the middle of the night before it was discovered by a maintenance worker.
The indictment says that in April of last year Brothers had a number of rifles and shotguns in his possession. He was convicted in 1988 of drug trafficking for an international cocaine smuggling ring. He piloted the planes carrying the cocaine.
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