Two brothers from Mexico pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to possessing 70 pounds of cocaine, according to a release from David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for Western Kentucky.
Dagoberto Garcia-Guillen, 21, and Jesus Garcia-Guillen, 28, face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $8 million.
Bowling Green police arrested the two in October 2010. Local police had received a report from the federal Department of Homeland Security that the brothers were acting suspiciously while buying fuel at an airport in Oklahoma for their 1976 Piper Seneca airplane.
Federal authorities told Bowling Green police the plane was scheduled to land there, and police met the plane.
Dagoberto Garcia-Guillen, the pilot, told police he had come from Phoenix and was flying around the country with no particular destination to build up flight time.
However, after he granted permission to search the plane, police found the cocaine hidden in two suitcases, according to court records.
The cocaine would have been worth $1 million on the street, authorities said.