- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Texas pilot has pleaded guilty to transporting almost $500,000 worth of cocaine on a plane that authorities intercepted when it stopped to refuel at a Louisiana airport in September.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1K2tdos) 22-year-old John David Crow, of Brownsville, was convicted of possessing and conspiring to distribute five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. Crow entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Lemmon in New Orleans.

He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years up to life in prison on the federal conviction.

His attorney Eric Santana said Crow pleaded guilty as charged and chose not to cooperate with the ongoing federal investigation into the source of the drugs.

Federal, state and local authorities intercepted Crow’s plane Sept. 18 when it stopped at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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