Police nab Utah man with $1.2M of pot at New Caste airport

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - The Lawrence County District Attorney says a Utah man who was allegedly transporting marijuana worth $1.2 million in a plane was caught at a western Pennsylvania airport.

District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa announced on Wednesday that 53-year-old Ken Barton Burrows, of Orem, Utah, was charged last Friday after the Federal Aviation Administration monitored his cross-country flight.

Lamancusa say Burrows was delivering 242 pounds of high-grade marijuana to Rhode Island.  After searching the plane at the New Castle Airport in Union Township, authorities let Burrows continue his trip, and the alleged recipient of the marijuana was arrested Tuesday.

Burrows allegedly employed a zig-zag course at low altitude that avoided radar and large airports.

No attorney was listed on court papers, and authorities are trying to settle who has jurisdiction in the case.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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