When Burrows landed his
New Castle Airport for refueling he was
approached by the Mahoning Township Police. He
was asked if his aircraft could be searched at
which time Barrows refused.
District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said
“Homeland Security had been notified by the FAA.
They scrambled a Blackhawk helicopter to
intercept the plane when it landed, and as soon
as he touched down, they blocked the runway.
Agents then got off the helicopter and began
asking Mr. Burrows some questions. Based upon
his answers to those questions they decided it
was important to get law enforcement officers
Mahoning Township Police brought in drug
sniffing dog, the dog did a walk around and
indicated that there was drugs onboard the
aircraft. At which time a search warrant was
issued and the aircraft was searched. The police
discovered within the fully loaded aircraft
within boxes 242 pounds of marijuana.
Burrows was arrested and held on $250,000 bond
but was later let go and allowed to continue his
flight to Rhode Island. When Barrows landed and
In Rhode Island a second drug smuggler Michael
M. Daniels of Tiverton, R.I was arrested after
he took possession of the marijuana by loaded it
into a minivan.
Barrows and Daniels face charges in federal
court with conspiracy to possess marijuana with
intent to distribute. A preliminary hearing for
Burrows had been scheduled for Thursday in
Lawrence County Central Court, but it was
continued. No new date for the hearing has been