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For years, Rudi Dekkers blamed his life's steep, downward spiral on two men who walked into his Florida flight school in the summer of 2000.
In the tense days after the 9/11 attacks, Dekkers said he was demonized for providing flight training to Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, the hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center. Dekkers protested his innocence widely - saying he had no idea the two were terrorists - and even penned a book titled "Guilty by Association."
Now, Dekkers, 56, is locked up in a federal prison in Houston, charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to posses with the intent to distribute coc aine and heroin. The complaint against Dekkers alleges he admitted to an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent that he ferried drugs and cash in private aircraft in exchange for payment.