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|Andrew Carter "Drew" Thornton, II|
|Birth: ||1944, USA|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1985|
Member of "The Company"
US Army Veteran
Former Lexington, Ky Police/Narcotics Officer
Convict(Convicted on conspiracy to import marijuana)
Parachutist Badge (Jump Wings)
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Purple Heart (1965 Operation Power Pack)
He was killed while parachuting from a Cessna Air Aircraft. He bailed out of his aircraft and died on impact after his parachute failed to open. Investigators found that he was carrying night-vision goggles and wearing a bulletproof vest, Time magazine reported.
Strapped to his body was Army Duffel Bag containing "two pistols, knives and $4,500 in cash," and close to 80 pounds of cocaine worth at least $15 million.
The story of Andrew C. Thornton II was examined in Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice and in Sally Denton's The Bluegrass Conspiracy. Robert L. Williams, Cowboys Caravan, looks into the death of his son David, and his skydiving relationship with Drew Thornton. Andrew "Drew" Thornton was also detailed in a Discovery Channel double-length episode of "The FBI Files" named "Dangerous Company" in 2003.
Created by: Vagabond
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
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