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December 20, 2013

Alleged recipient charged in marijuana plane case

NEW CASTLE — A second arrest has been made in the case of a marijuana-loaded airplane, stopped in Lawrence County last week.

Rhode Island authorities said they have charged a man who was the alleged recipient of the $1.2 million in marijuana found when law enforcement searched the plane at the New Castle airport.

The plane, flown by Ken Barton Burrows, 53, of Orem, Utah, was tracked by federal officials as it zig-zagged across the country, allegedly trying to avoid radar and large airports. When it was stopped in New Castle, and a Mahoning Township police dog indicated marijuana was present, a search warrant was obtained and 242 pounds of the drug were found bagged up in boxes.

Although Burrows was charged in Lawrence County and ordered held on $250,000 bond, arrangements were made to let him go, to allow him to complete his flight to Rhode Island. Authorities were able to monitor the trip and said they watched as Michael M. Daniels of Tiverton, R.I., took possession of the marijuana and was it into a minivan. Officials then moved in and arrested Daniels.

According to The Providence Journal, Daniels is now charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

The Journal said the Cessna, flown by Burrows, traveled from Lawrence County in Pennsylvania to North Central State Airport in Smithfield, R.I., arriving Monday.

A preliminary hearing for Burrows had been scheduled for Thursday in Lawrence County Central Court, but it was continued. No new date for the hearing has been set.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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