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Nearly 300 pounds of cocaine seized from aircraft at Ohio University airport

Court documents show the two men were flying from the Bahamas to Canada when a malfunction forced them to land.

Nearly 300 pounds of cocaine were recovered from an unauthorized plane that landed at the Ohio University Airport Wednesday.

According to Ohio University Police, they were notified by Homeland Security that an international aircraft was landing at the airport without proper authorization around 2:30 p.m.

Police said the pilot of the aircraft told officials he was traveling through United States airspace when a mechanical problem forced him to land.

David Ayotte (left) & Sylvain Desjardins (right)

Because Ohio University airport is not a port of entry, Customs and Border Protection requested those on the plane to be detained until federal agents could respond.

Court documents show the suspects, identified as Sylvain Desjardins and David Ayotte, were traveling from the Bahamas to Canada.

Homeland Security Investigators said 132 kilos (291 pounds) were found on the plane.

Narcotics officers told 10TV the drugs have an estimated street value $4.6 million.