Man pleads guilty to pot charges after Oregon plane crash
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — One of two Idaho men who walked away from a small plane crash in a Medford neighborhood last summer has admitted to marijuana charges related to thousands of dollars worth of concentrated marijuana extract seized after the crash.
Zachary Moore, 36, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Medford to having large quantities of hash oil with intent to distribute the drug, The Mail Tribune reported.
Moore admitted that he and his alleged co-conspirator Mathew Wayne Thompson bought over 5-1/2 pounds of butane honey oil June 8, 2019, the same day as the Beech 35 Bonanza they were flying crashed on a street because of mechanical issues, according to court documents.
Thompson, the pilot, has pleaded not guilty to possessing hashish oil with intent to distribute and operating an unregistered aircraft, according to court records. His trial is set for September.
Moore said he and Thompson paid roughly $1,500 a pound for butane honey oil in Cave Junction, Oregon, according to court documents. Moore said they had stopped in Medford to refuel before flying home to Boise, Idaho.
Shortly after takeoff, however, the plane crashed. Moore and Thompson sustained minor injuries. No one else was hurt. Police said they found the marijuana extract in the men’s belongings.
Possession with intent to distribute carries a prison sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000, according to court documents. As part of a plea agreement, federal prosecutors will advocate for “the low end” of any applicable guideline range as long as Moore demonstrates an acceptance of responsibility.
Moore is currently an inmate in the Idaho Correctional Institution, serving a sentence for Idaho state drug possession charges.