FAA wants man's tower operator papers

November 29, 2013 9:52:06 AM



ABERDEEN -- The Federal Aviation Administration has asked a federal judge to force a Tupelo man to surrender his control tower operator's certificate after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana. 


The FAA says in U.S District Court documents that Jeffrey Lee Dick had ignored its demands that he give up the certificate. Court records do not show an attorney for Dick. 


The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that in addition to the certificate, the government said that Dick has subjected himself to civil penalties of up to $1,100 per day since May 22. 


The FAA said in court documents that $5,000 is "an appropriate" penalty for his failure to comply with the April 22 order of revocation. 


In the attached order of revocation, the FAA claims that while Dick was an air traffic controller employed by Robinson Aviation Inc. he tested positive for marijuana during a random exam conducted Oct. 13, 2010. 


The report notes that Dick told a medical review officer he was not taking certain prescribed medication and could not provide the doctor with a "legitimate medical explanation" for the test result. 


Dick was removed from safety-sensitive duty Oct. 18, 2010, and was fired the same day. 


Court records show Dick has 21 days from the time he receives a summons issued on Nov. 25 to response to the complaint.