One of the men who pleaded guilty to drug charges after nearly 300 pounds of cocaine were found on a plane at Ohio University Airport has been sentenced to prison.
David Ayotte, 46, of Maribel, Canada, was sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
Ayotte and Sylvain Desjardins, 48, also of Maribel, Canada, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
According to Ohio University Police, they were notified by Homeland Security that an international aircraft was landing at the airport without proper authorization on March 29.
Police said Desjardins, who was piloting the aircraft, told officials he was traveling through United States airspace when a mechanical problem forced him to land.
Because Ohio University airport is not a port of entry, Customs and Border Protection requested those on the plane to be detained until federal agents could respond.
Officials with Homeland Security executed a search warrant on the plane and found 290 pounds of cocaine. Narcotics officers told 10TV the drugs have an estimated street value $4.6 million.
The Department of Justice said the two men intended to fly the cocaine from the Bahamas to Canada and distribute the drug.