Pilot of Canada-bound plane loaded with cocaine pleads

Pilot of Canada-bound plane loaded with cocaine pleads

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The pilot of a Canada-bound plane loaded with 290 pounds (132 kilograms) of cocaine forced to land in southern Ohio because of engine problems has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2uINT0K ) 48-year-old Sylvain Desjardins entered his plea Friday to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. A District Court judge ordered Desjardins to remain jailed until his undetermined sentencing date.

Desjardins landed the twin-engine plane at Ohio University's airport in March after an engine began smoking. The plane was met by sheriff's deputies, university police officers and federal agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection had tracked the Ontario-bound plane since leaving the Bahamas.

Desjardins' attorney couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.

A passenger, 46-year-old David Ayotte, pleaded guilty to a drug charge last month.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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