Man faces sentence in border drug-smuggling probe - WNEM TV 5

Man faces sentence in border drug-smuggling probe

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian who pleaded guilty in an investigation of drug smugglers who use small planes is returning to court for his sentence.

Robert "Romeo" D'Leone pleaded guilty in April to possessing cocaine and will be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Ann Arbor.

D'Leone was linked to Canadian smugglers who loaded drugs aboard planes that landed at small Michigan airports in the middle of the night. Acting on a tip, U.S. authorities tracked a plane as it landed in Sandusky in the Michigan's Thumb region in 2009.

Two men who were meeting the plane were captured. The arrests cracked the smuggling ring.

D'Leone was living in New York when he was arrested last year. Four other Canadians, including a pilot, have also been indicted but have not been extradited.

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