Brothers admit sending 239 pounds of pot on plane

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.



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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to ship 239 pounds of marijuana on a single-engine plane from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island.

Thirty-seven-year-old Benjamin Daniels, of West Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty Monday. His brother, 32-year-old Michael Daniels, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty in August.

Authorities said at the time the brothers were arrested that they had monitored the plane as it crossed the country. It was piloted by another man from Utah and was zig-zagging and flying at a low altitude to avoid detection.

After the aircraft landed in New Castle, Pennsylvania, authorities discovered the drugs. The pilot was allowed to continue to Rhode Island, where he met Michael Daniels and turned over the drugs.

The brothers each face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.

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