Pair plead guilty to possesion with intent after plane crash
Two people whose plane crashed earlier this year in Yoakum county pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Gregory Thomas, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., and Dorothea Cangelosi, 66, of Waller, Texas face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million. They are both free on personal recognizance bonds until sentencing. Both admitted the plan was to distribute the marijuana in the Houston area.
Thomas was flying a Beechcraft Bonanza from Sacramento to Houston and stopped to refuel. Upon take off though the airplane lost power and belly landed in a field about 50 yards past the end of the runway.
Upon inspection of the site Yoakum County sheriff’s deputies found several large duffel bags hidden in the bushes about 100 yards from the plane.
A drug dog was brought to the scene and alerted on both the bags and the plane, though nothing was found on the plane. Deputies did find a joint in Cangelosi’s purse.
In all, about 160 pounds of cannabis was found.
A date for sentencing will be set after the pre-sentencing report is completed.
By: Stephen Carter
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