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“We don’t comment on matters involving clients,” he said.

In September, the DEA seized another Starwood plane _ a 1977 Hawker 700 with an insured value of $1 million _ after it landed in McAllen, Texas, from a flight from Mexico.

Insurers of both aircraft have since filed complaints in federal court in Nevada seeking to have the Starwood policies nullified, in part, because they say Esquino lied in the application process when he noted he had never been indicted on drug-related criminal charges. Both companies said they would not have issued the policies had he been truthful.

Another attorney for Starwood has not responded to phone and email messages seeking comment, and no one was at the address listed at its Las Vegas headquarters. The address is a post office box in a shipping and mailing store located between a tuxedo rental shop and a supermarket in a shopping center several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.


Associated Press writers Elliot Spagat in San Diego and Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.