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Pilot, 72, gets 7 years for flying pot to Ind.

Posted: March 2, 2012 - 1:16am

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A 72-year-old pilot from Alaska has been sentenced to seven years in prison for flying into a southern Indiana airport with 200 pounds of marijuana.

The News and Tribune reports Allen Richter of Ketchikan was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in Clark County Circuit to felony dealing in marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

Richter was arrested in November after marijuana valued at up to $500,000 was found in a plane he flew into Clark Regional Airport in Sellersburg.

A probable cause affidavit says federal officials told Indiana State Police before the plane landed that they were tracking a suspicious aircraft from Arizona to Indiana. The plane originally departed from California and the flight plan had changed more than once.

Officials said the aircraft was headed to Maine.

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