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Drug-smuggling pilot pleads guilty

Tue., June 23, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

SEATTLE — A Canadian helicopter pilot busted as he landed in North Idaho with 150 pounds of marijuana has pleaded guilty.

Jeremy Snow entered the guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Seattle to a charge of possession with intent to distribute. His lawyer, Richard Troberman, says he and the government agreed to recommend a sentence of just less than four years.

Snow was arrested March 5 as part of “Operation Blade Runner,” a joint U.S.-Canadian takedown of a drug-smuggling ring that had been operating for more than a year. A helicopter pilot arrested the previous week committed suicide in the Spokane County Jail after being caught trying to land in northeastern Washington’s Colville National Forest with 426 pounds of marijuana.

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