Episode from the podcastFly By Night

The Story of Drew Thornton

Released Monday, 10th August 2020
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Fly By Night begins with the  story of Andrew Carter Thornton III:  a Kentucky pilot and skydiver who was a blueblood son of the Bluegrass state. Thornton's long strange trip went from growing up as a child of privilege to becoming a soldier, and then a police officer in the newly created narcotics squad in Lexington, Kentucky.  With stories of suspected corruption hanging over him, he left the police department for a short-lived stint as a lawyer, and then, using his skills as a pilot,  and with the help of other corrupt former cops, Drew Thornton became one of the biggest drug smugglers in Kentucky history.

This episode features interviews with retired FBI Special Agent Jim Huggins and retired DEA Agent Rick Sanders.