A Cuyahoga County man will be sentenced next month for buying the 1964 red and white prop plane that brought marijuana from New Mexico to Huron County.
Frederick C. Patterson, 46, of Orange, pleaded guilty Oct. 27 in Medina County Common Pleas Court to possession of marijuana. He will be sentenced Dec. 17.
Pilot Ryan C. Thomas, 48, and passenger Greg J. Baca 47, both of Albuquerque, are serving separate three-year prison terms for the June 17 incident. Baca threw a nylon bag containing about 20 pounds of marijuana from the plane when it was near Willard. Local authorities recovered the bag and drugs from a New Haven Township ravine near a U.S. 224 railroad crossing.