The CEO of a Michigan company that died two years ago led a double life as a financier of the international drug gang, a federal indictment said.
Marty Tibbitts died when the vintage jet fighter he flew in July 2018 swooped into a Wisconsin dairy shed shortly after takeoff, also killing 50 cows.
Allegations have been made against him in a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indictment that also reveals designs for ‘The Torpedo,’ a submarine alleged to have been used to transport cocaine around the world.
The explosive charge was related to an investigation of 43-year-old Illinois resident Ylli Didani, who was reportedly in charge of a global drug ring that distributed cocaine in 15 countries.
Marty Tibbitts (photo) is said to have funded an international drug ring before his death
Tibbitts (pictured with his wife) was killed in a tragic plane crash in July 2018
Those countries are the United States, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Albania, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
Tibbitts, the CEO of Clementine Live Answering Service and avid pilot, was killed at the age of 50 when the vintage jet fighter he was flying with crashed.
He flew a rare 1957 de Havilland DH 112 Venom, a single-engine single-seat fighter-bomber.
Two farm workers were injured in the crash, one of which had to be flown to a hospital.
In the photo: 644 kilos of cocaine seized on a ship in the Netherlands in February 2020. The transport of the cocaine on the ship was reportedly funded by Didani’s organization
Pictured: A prototype submarine that Didani hoped to use to transport cocaine, built by the summer of 2018
Pictured: Ylli Didani, arrested in North Carolina for conspiracy to spread charges
Tibbitts was survived by his wife, Belinda, two children, a stepdaughter and his parents.
Didani was arrested in North Carolina this week on charges of conspiring to disperse controlled substances on a boat in U.S. jurisdiction, conspiracy to disperse controlled substances and money laundering, according to The everyday beast
Didani is linked to Tibbitts – who used the code name ‘Dale Johnson’ due to his alleged illicit activity – for allegedly working together on the submarine.
Tibbitts is not mentioned in the complaint, however The Detroit News was able to identify him from the stated biographical information.
Tibbitts also reportedly funded Didani’s operations, began their partnership in 2015, and donated more than $ 1.8 million to the cartel, according to the indictment.
Tibbitts is said to have given Didani’s cartel a check for $ 864,000 in 2016, which may have been cashed at a pawnshop or gold exchange company.
The CEO also allegedly took a private jet to Washington DC to give Didani $ 350,000 at a clandestine nighttime rally.
Marty Tibbitts (pictured with wife) leaves behind his wife, two children and a stepdaughter
Tibbitts was killed when the plane he was flying swooped into a barn in Wisconsin
At one point, Didani reportedly attempted to transfer $ 117.6 million from a bank in Germany to a bank in Dubai, which led to a text message to a co-conspirator that reportedly read, “Get with marty asap.” It is not immediately clear when the SMS was sent.
According to allegations, Didani and Tibbitts raised more than $ 12,000 through cryptocurrency and an Albanian bank account to pay a company to help develop the submarine, although the company was unaware of its purpose.
It is designed to be remote controlled and attached to the hull of a cargo ship with a strong magnet.
A fishing boat would then be used to retrieve the submarine from the cargo hulls, along with the medicines in it.
By the summer of 2018, a prototype submarine was even being built, but the whole plan is said to have been scrapped when Tibbitts was killed in a plane crash in 2018.
Belinda and her attorneys could not be reached for comment by The Detroit News after being dismissed.
After his death, Didani reportedly struggled to find funding for his cartel and turned to a sponsor in the United Arab Emirates, while hundreds of kilos of cocaine were seized in separate busts in the Netherlands, leading to the demise of his empire .
One such bust in February 2020 led to the seizure of 644 kilos of cocaine from a ship.
According to The Detroit News, neighbors were shocked to learn of the unsealed charge involving Tibbitts.
“I think anyone who heard something like that would be shocked,” said a neighbor.
“I never got a hint of malice, never,” said friend Beverly Kindle-Walker.
Prior to his death, Tibbitts lived in Grosse Point Park, Michigan on Lake St. Clair.
His 12,000-square-foot home once belonged to a member of the Silver Bullet Band and was listed for $ 6.4 million in November.
Tibbitts was the CEO of a company and founder of the World Heritage Aviation Museum in Detroit prior to the plane crash that took his life in July 2018 (accident pictured)
He was also the founder of the World Heritage Aviation Museum in Detroit.
When he died, condolences poured in from the local community and the wider corporate world.
“Marty was a delight,” friend and co-worker Joe Walker told the Detroit Free Press“He was one of those visionaries in the business world, always had great vision, great ideas.”