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Tiverton man charged after $1.2M marijuana bust

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A Tiverton man faces a federal drug charge after authorities said they found $1.2 million worth of marijuana on an airplane headed from Pennsylvania to Smithfield.

Authorities told NBC 10 that Michael Daniels was arrested after allegedly receiving drugs from the plane's pilot. Daniels is accused of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

The New Castle News reported Wednesday authorities found 242 pounds of marijuana on a plane at the New Castle, Pa., airport last week. Pilot Ken Barton Burrows, of Utah, was arrested after federal authorities monitored his cross-country trip.

"He was flying a single engine Cessna with blacked out windows, and was zig-zagging across the United States trying to avoid major population centers with their radar towers," said Joshua Lamancusa, Pennsylvania district attorney.

He was allowed to continue on to Rhode Island Monday.

Court papers filed in Providence say the pilot met Daniels behind a Lincoln hotel, where Daniels allegedly received the drugs.

It wasn't immediately known if Daniels has an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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