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(Howell County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Howell County Sheriff’s Office Photo)


(West Plains) – The Howell County Sheriff’s Office reports that they, along with other agencies, have arrested two men who were reportedly smuggling over 200 pounds of hydroponic marijuana via plane.

The US Customs office called the sheriff’s office just after midnight Friday to report an airplane suspected of carrying narcotics was landing at the West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona to refuel. The Howell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), South Central Drug Task Force, US Border Protections, Highway Patrol, and West Plains Police Department obtained a search warrant for the plane and reportedly found the marijuana hidden in the back of the plane.

Angelo Vetrano

Angelo Vetrano

Joshua Vatner

Joshua Vawter


The men have been identified as 36-year-old Joshua Vawter of Tunas, MO and 33-year-old Angelo Vetrano of Shirley, New York. Both have been charged with a Class A felony attempt to trafficking drugs in the first degree, with a bond set at $1,500,000 for each.

The estimated street value of the pot is $1.5 million.

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