Pilot Of Plane That Landed At OU Airport Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Aug 1, 2017

David Ayotte (L) and Sylvain Desjardins
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The Canadian pilot of a plane that landed at the Ohio University airport last March because of engine problems with 290 pounds of cocaine onboard has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. 

48-year-old Sylvain Desjardins is being held pending sentencing. Desjardins landed the twin-engine plane after an engine began smoking. The plane was met by local and federal authorities.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection had tracked the  plane after it left the Bahamas. A passenger, 46-year-old David Ayotte, pleaded guilty to a drug charge in May.