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Judge sentences men caught with 72 lbs of cocaine on private plane

Vincent Salzano and Armando Salzano (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Vincent Salzano and Armando Salzano (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Authorities released this picture of the bundles of cocaine seized from the plane. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Authorities released this picture of the bundles of cocaine seized from the plane. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Two men who tried to fly more than 70 pounds of cocaine through Baton Rouge on a private plane were sentenced Wednesday.

US Attorney Walt Green said Chief US District Judge Brian Jackson ordered Vincent Salzano, 57, to spend the next five years in federal prison and Armando Salzano, 33, to spend four years in federal custody. Both men are from Denver, Colorado. Green added the men pleaded guilty earlier in the year to possession with intent to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine.

Jackson also ruled Vincent Salzano must serve three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison and pay a $5,000 fine. Armando Salzano must serve two years of supervised release and pay a $30,000 fine when he is set free.

Both men were also ordered to forfeit any and all property used to commit the crime.

The pair was arrested on Oct. 9, 2013 when nearly 72 pounds (about 32 kilos) of cocaine, which is worth about $1 million, was seized at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Officials said the plane was scheduled to go to Atlanta, Georgia.

According to investigators, Vincent Salzano owned the Beechcraft 58P twin engine airplane. They said the two men flew to Atlanta two days before being arrested. There was no information about where that flight originated.

Officials said the next day, Oct. 8, 2013, they flew from Atlanta to McAllen, Texas and picked up about 30 packaged bundles of cocaine. They added the men were flying back to Atlanta and were arrested after stopping in Baton Rouge for fuel.

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