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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin pilot has been detained in the Dominican Republic after authorities found over 300 pounds of cocaine hidden in the plane, operated by Milwaukee-based Air Cargo Carriers.

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The pilot is 31-year-old Kevin Kuranz, of Sheboygan. His father, Joe Kuranz, of Sheboygan, says his son called Thursday night to say he was OK. He says his son told him he had no idea how the drugs got onto the plane, which took off from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He says the pilots don't load the planes.

Dominican authorities have also detained 18 military and government officials in the case.

Joe Kuranz said Saturday his son has not been jailed but he and his co-pilot aren't allowed to leave the country.

Air Cargo Carriers says it's cooperating with American and Dominican authorities.

Kevin Kuranz has flown for Air Cargo Carriers for more than three years, flying out of Milwaukee until a couple of weeks ago. His father says he recently moved to Puerto Rico to take over the route to the Dominican Republic. Thursday was his first trip there.

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