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2 men arrested after 300 lbs of cocaine seized from plane at Ohio University Airport


UPDATE: The two men arrested with 132 kilos, or 291 pounds of cocaine at the Ohio University Airport have been identified as David Ayotte and Sylvain Desjardins.

ALBANY, Ohio — Authorities say they’ve seized a “significant” amount of suspected cocaine from an unauthorized plane that landed at Ohio University’s airport.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith says his office detained the international plane after it landed Wednesday at Gordon K. Bush Airport in Albany, Ohio.

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

Authorities say a search of the plane found a “significant quantity” of drugs that investigators suspect to be cocaine.

University police say the pilot had told officials he was travelling through U.S. airspace when a mechanical problem forced him to land.

Police say the plane’s two occupants were detained by agents from Customs and Border Protection and taken to Columbus.

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