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Pilot arrested, pot found on plane


MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A pilot who was arrested after Iowa County sheriff's deputies say they found his plane loaded with marijuana has been transferred to federal custody.

  Federal agents called sheriff's officials who stopped the twin-engine plane from taking off last Saturday night at the Mineral Point airport.

  Iowa County Sheriff Steven Michek says they recovered 150 pounds of high-quality marijuana from compartments on the plane.

  Authorities say the drugs had a street value of nearly $700,000.

  The pilot was alone on the plane.

  Investigators aren't sure why it landed at the airport northwest of Mineral Point.

  Sheriff's officials say the 29-year-old pilot is from Ukiah, Calif.

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