Posted: Jan 9, 2014 3:57 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 4:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorney's Office announced today a grand jury indicted a Colorado man accused of trying to smuggle more than 70 pounds of cocaine through Baton Rouge on a private plane.
The two-count indictment charged Vincent Salzano, 55, of conspiracy and cocaine cocaine possession with intent to distribute. If convicted, he faces up to life imprisonment and $20 million in fines.
On Oct. 8 state and federal authorities arrested Salzano, his son Armando Salzano and Mohammad Iman Nekouie when they stopped to refuel their plane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. According to the indictment, Salzano picked up the cocaine in Texas and was flying back to Atlanta when he stopped in Louisiana.
State Police said they found around 72 pounds of cocaine on the plane.