Carlos Lehder was one of the largest drug dealers in the US between the 70s and 80s.
He controlled the transport and distribution and Pablo Escobar the production.
Through bribes to the authorities of the Bahamas, he had a 1.1 km radar-protected airstrip built, where the aircraft made a stopover before entering the United States.
In 1987 he was finally captured and sentenced to life imprisonment.
On November 15, 1980, this Curtiss C-46A Commando was flying with a shipment of cocaine from the Medellin cartel whose final destination was probably to be the United States.
At some point along the way, and for unknown reasons, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing ending in the shallow waters of Great Exuma, one of the Bahamas islands.