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Authorities seize cocaine from plane that landed at Ohio University’s airport

March 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities seize cocaine from plane that landed at Ohio University’s airport

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Authorities say they’ve seized a “significant” amount of suspected cocaine from an unauthorized plane that landed at Ohio University’s airport after experiencing mechanical problems.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith says his office detained the Canadian-based plane and two occupants including the pilot after it landed Wednesday at Gordon K. Bush Airport in Albany, Ohio.

The sheriff’s office and Ohio University’s airport police were both notified by the airport officials that an aircraft was landing without proper authorization around 2:30 p.m.

Authorities said a subsequent search of the plane found a “significant quantity” of illegal drugs that investigators suspected to be cocaine.

University police say the pilot had told officials he was traveling through U.S. airspace when a mechanical problem forced him to make an emergency landing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials requested both occupants on the plane to be detained until federal agents could respond to the scene, Local News10 reported. reported.

Police officials say custody of the plane and both suspects were turned over to Homeland Security agents and taken to a detention center in Columbus, Ohio, where they remain pending an investigation.

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