Kansas police seize airplane carrying 42 pounds of marijuana; 5 people arrested, 4 from Colorado

ATCHISON, Kan. - Police seized an airplane full of marijuana and arrested five people, including four from Colorado, at a Kansas airport Wednesday.

Police Chief Mike Wilson of Atchison, Kan., says investigators found 42 pounds of marijuana on the airplane Wednesday night at Amelia Earhart Airport.

Wilson says police received information that the 1952 Beechcraft C-35 aircraft was headed to Atchison and a car from Kansas City would be waiting for it.

When the plane landed, officers arrested three people from Colorado in the plane. A fourth Colorado resident and a Kansas City resident were arrested in the car.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the suspects are in custody at the Atchison County Jail. The investigation is continuing.

According to the newspaper, police arrested William R. Hiler, 59, of Tabernash; Lance C. Thompson, 38, of Johnstown; Daniel L. Brown, 30, of Fort Collins; Michael K. Staab, 28, of Fort Collins; and Beth A. Branstetter, 22, of Kansas City.

Everyone in the group was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp, the newspaper reports.