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After a 21-month investigation at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, which relied heavily on unidentified sources, charges that top-level executives in the aviation, banking, construction and manufacturing industries in Mesa County committed numerous federal crimes over several years proved baseless.

The affidavit that led to an FBI raid and sent Grand Junction Regional Airport into a tailspin — apparently without basis, having resulted in no arrests — paints a picture of an airport run by a domineering manager bent on rewarding allies, and himself, while punishing detractors and deflecting blame for decisions to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Yet the only factual conclusion yielded by a 21-month investigation that relied heavily on unidentified sources is this: Charges that top-level executives in the aviation, banking, construction and manufacturing industries in Mesa County committed numerous federal crimes over several years proved baseless.

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