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Unauthorized plane lands in Athens, Ohio, suspected cocaine found

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Written by Ellen Bardash

Last March brought snow to Athens, Ohio, but yesterday a different type of white powder blew into the Ohio University airport.

At around 2:30 p.m., the Department of Homeland Security notified Ohio University Police Department and the Athens County Sheriff’s Office of an unauthorized international aircraft landing at the University airport. According to an OUPD press release, the airport is not an international port of entry.

The pilot, who was detained upon landing along with another occupant, said that he had to land unexpectedly due to a mechanical issue. According to a second press release put out a few hours later, a joint investigation between local and federal authorities found a “significant quantity” of cocaine upon further inspection of the aircraft.

The plane’s occupants were sent to Columbus after being taken into custody by Homeland Security.

About the author

Ellen Bardash

Ellen Bardash is the editor for The New Political’s city section and has previously worked as the state editor. She is a junior at Ohio University majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish. Ellen also works as a writer for The Black Sheep at OU and as a freelancer for The Athens News. Previously, she has written for College Magazine and held an internship with High Paw Media. In the small amount of time she isn’t writing something or thinking about budgets, she plays trombone in the Ohio University Marching 110. Follow Ellen on Twitter @ellenbardash

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