ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a pilot is facing felony charges after a drug-sniffing dog found a load of marijuana stashed on the man’s single-engine plane.
Police and Homeland Security agents got a tip Monday that there was an incoming flight with drugs on board.
After the plane landed at Albuquerque’s Double Eagle Airport, authorities say the pilot — identified as 54-year-old Stephen Acton — was found without a valid pilot’s license. He also had an expired plane registration and a fraudulent flight plan.
Police say Acton was flying from California and stopped at the airport to refuel.
A search of the plane turned up 41 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Acton is facing charges including distribution of a controlled substance. He’s being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center. His plane was also seized.