Guilty Plea Ends Drug Trial Linked To Airport Bust 4-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Guilty Plea Ends Drug Trial Linked To Airport Bust 4-14-2011

A Canadian has stopped his trial and pleaded guilty to A drug charge in a case that began with a $10 million multinational drug bust at an airport in Michigan's Thumb region.
Robert "Romeo" D'Leone of Ontario pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing cocaine in Michigan in November 2009. Authorities say he was linked to a group that smuggled drugs into and out of the United States.
Authorities were alerted when a U.S.Customs and Border Protection helicopter spotted a small plane dropping about eight large bags on the runway, which two people began to load into an SUV.
He pleaded guilty in the middle of trial in federal court in Ann Arbor. The 36-year-old D'Leone is a Canadian citizen and native of Kosovo. His crime typically carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, although there are exceptions. He was arrested in New York in 2010.
Two other Canadians arrested in Sanilac County, Mich., in 2009 pleaded guilty last year and are awaiting their sentences.
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