kevin_kuranz_of_sheboygan_and__christopher_schmidt.jpgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Judges in the Dominican Republic have postponed a hearing for two U.S. cargo pilots on whose plane drugs were found.


A prosecutor asked the three-judge panel Thursday for more time to prepare an argument for holding the pilots. The panel agreed, scheduling a new hearing for Monday.

The pilots' lawyer says the two were inadvertently caught up in an apparent drug-smuggling operation. Miguel Valerio says there was no evidence linking his clients to the drugs found hidden on their plane.

The pilots are 31-year-old Kevin Kuranz of Sheboygan, Wis., and 28-year-old Christopher Schmidt of Maryville, Tenn.

The two were detained Dec. 2 in Santo Domingo after agents found about 320 pounds of cocaine and 4 pounds of heroin hidden in their plane's floor and ceiling panels.