Quebecers awaiting sentencing for drug smuggling in Ohio

A couple of Quebecers are facing the prospect of spending the rest of their lives behind bars in the United States after pleading guilty to charges of drug trafficking.

They were arrested in March, when their twin-engine Piper airplane developed a problem, forcing them to make an emergency landing at an airport near Athens, Ohio.

On board that plane was 60 kilograms of cocaine.

As it turns out Canadian and American authorities suspected Mirabel residents Sylvain Desjardins and David Ayotte were flying drugs from the Bahamas to Windsor, Ontario and had been tracking the aircraft.

The conviction carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.