Airplane full of marijuana seized by Atchison police

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) - Five people were arrested when a small airplane from Colorado carrying about 42 pounds of marijuana landed at an eastern Kansas airport, authorities said.

Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said three people from Colorado were on board the 1952 Beechcraft C-35 airplane when it landed at the Amelia Earhart Airport on Wednesday. Police also arrested two people waiting at the airport -- another Colorado resident and a Kansas City resident, The St. Joseph News Press reported.

Wilson said authorities seized the plane and a 2008 SAAB.

"We developed information that there was a small aircraft headed to Atchison that would have marijuana on it," Wilson said. "We also believed there would be a vehicle there to meet them."

Wilson said all five were taken into custody at the airport, and then booked into the Atchison County Jail on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp.

The Atchison County prosecutor's office said formal charges were expected to be filed later Friday.

"What this group didn't plan on was running into a smaller (law enforcement) agency that stopped them in their tracks," Wilson said.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press, www.stjoenews-press.com

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