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Airplane drug traffickers plead guilty to intent to distribute, possession

Published: Jun. 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:17 AM CST
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Michael Paul Gallanter, 48 (Provided by: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Michael Paul Gallanter, 48 (Provided by: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade, 31 (Provided by: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade, 31 (Provided by: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two California men accused of transporting drugs by plane have admitted to their crime.

Thursday, 48-year-old Michael Paul Gallanter and 31-year-old Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade both pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

They were arrested on April 17 when they landed at Lubbock Aero to re-fuel on their way to Atlanta.

Narcotics officers found nearly 200 lbs. of marijuana, 8 lbs. of hashish and 3 lbs. of psychedelic mushrooms aboard the plane.

They were indicted on May 15 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, hashish and mushrooms.

Both Gallanter and Wynne-Wade face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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