A Canadian has been sentenced to more than five years in a U.S. prison for his role in a smuggling ring that brought drugs to Michigan aboard small planes.
Robert "Romeo" D'Leone was sentenced to 70 months Tuesday during a hearing in federal court in Ann Arbor. He stopped his trial in April and pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.
D'Leone was linked to Canadian smugglers who sent planes to small Michigan airports from Ontario. Acting on a tip, U.S. authorities tracked a plane as it landed in Sandusky in Michigan's Thumb region in 2009.
Two men who were meeting the plane were captured, and those arrests cracked the smuggling ring. D'Leone was living in New York when he was captured last year. Four Canadians haven't been extradited.