Delta And American Airlines Employees Charged With Drug Smuggling

We sort of suspect that the 10 American Airlines and Delta employees busted for running a drug smuggling ring at New York’s JFK airport didn’t really have their heart into the customer service aspect of the job. Probably distracted by the whole “life of crime” thing.

From Bloomberg:

Federal agents today arrested 18 people who were part of an international heroin, cocaine and ecstasy importation group, Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said in a statement. The group concealed narcotics in luggage and used airport workers to smuggle the drugs aboard commercial flights to JFK, she said.

“The investigation uncovered a major international drug importation and distribution organization” prosecutors said in their criminal complaint unsealed today. Both airlines said they cooperated with investigators.

If you were wondering why your baby powder keeps going missing from your luggage when you fly through JFK, here’s your answer.

JFK is a hotbed of crime lately, just ask the JetBlue employees who went on a spending spree using stolen credit cards.


Delta, American Workers at JFK Charged With Smuggling (Update2)
[Bloomberg]
(Photo:Jingles The Pirate)

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  1. MYarms says:

    This is very similar to what happened down here at Orlando International Airport. Although I think it may have been guns that those airport employees were smuggling through. Its nice to know that with all of our privacy and freedoms being taken away, a huge criminal underworld can still exist even in one of the most “secure” places in our country.

  2. Chris says:

    The feds have to stick they’re noses in other peoples business, such as cocaine. Hehe.
    —–Serious comment:
    I’ve only traveled a few times via plane, but am planning to go Italy sometime, let’s just hope I don’t get more than I bargained for. They need come up with a solution, incase something is put inside a bag again, such as weighing before, and after a flight, to make sure nothing left or entered that bag.

  3. mac-phisto says:

    what is george jung back in business? i thought he wasn’t scheduled for parole for another decade…

  4. Jean Naimard says:

    Earlier this year there was a big hoopla about people with criminal records being able to get security-zone jobs at the Montréal Dorval Airport (YUL) following a bust where a few dozen employees were arrested for various organized crime-related offences; the lot included at least one customs agent…

  5. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    Just yet another reason to have Kip Hawley’s pathetic ass fired….

  6. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    And the Brooklyn DA pulls out the terrorist card….so predictable.

  7. lestat730 says:

    It’s got to be tough for the airlines to make sure they hire honest staff. Background checks are great but still, there are many criminals with clean records so it only helps to a certain level. They really need to get more cameras and figure out some sort of checks and balances system to make sure people are doing what they are supposed to (especially if they are in a position like these guys were in where they could protect contraband shipments from being detected.) While moving dangerous illegal drugs around is certainly bad, left unchecked a group of people in this position could potentially use the position for terror. Security has become very tight for civilians but I often wonder what policy’s are in place for airport staff?

    Just my 2 cents…

  8. DCGaymer says:

    Could this explain why my bagchecked suntan lotion keeps getting confiscated when I fly to Hawai’i? On multiple occassions I’ve been paged by gate personnel…and when I show up to the gate they say, “We’ve been informed by TSA that your suntan lotion has been confiscated”. When I’ve asked why, they usually just shrug and so we “We don’t know”.