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Pilot pleads guilty in Pittsburgh to helping transport 242 pounds of pot

A Utah pilot admitted in federal court in Pittsburgh to helping transport 242 pounds of high-grade marijuana to the East Coast, U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced Monday.

Ken Barton Burrow, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of intent to distribute a controlled substance before Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

According to court documents, Burrows was recruited to fly the marijuana out of northern California. Customs and border patrol agents apprehended him when he landed at the New Castle airport.

Federal and local officials estimated the value of the marijuana at $1.2 million. The marijuana was sealed in plastic containers, authorities said, and Burrow told officials on the ground he was carrying hot-water tanks.

McVerry scheduled his sentencing for Feb. 20. He faces five to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million, or both.

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