Pilot Sent To Prison For Flying Tons Of Pot Cross Country

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February 26, 2020 - 9:51 am
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(NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A pilot from Connecticut has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for his
role in a marijuana trafficking operation that made millions of dollars by
moving about two tons of pot across the country in a small plane, federal
prosecutors said.
 Donald Burns, 62, of Milford, was also sentenced Tuesday in federal court in
New Haven to two years of probation.
 The Federal Aviation Administration in 2016 began investigating a single-engine
aircraft owned by Burns that was making regular flights between Stratford,
Connecticut and northern California via the southwest U.S., prosecutors said.
 Authorities who searched the plane after one of those trips in June 2017 found
about 400 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed packages on board, authorities
said.
 Investigators determined the marijuana was then distributed by three
Connecticut residents, prosecutors said.
 The defendants earned millions of dollars by moving nearly two tons of
marijuana from California to Connecticut over about two years, according to the
office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.
 Burns pleaded guilty last May and as part of the agreement agreed to forfeit
his plane.
     The three other man have previously been sentenced.

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