Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs

Even though it could result in a life sentence and millions of dollars in fines, airline and airport staff continue to think that smuggling drugs is a good way to earn a few extra bucks on the side.

A few days after security screeners at LAX were arrested for allegedly allowing drug smugglers to sneak their wares onto flights, a trio of Delta dunces in Atlanta have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

The men were caught after another Delta staffer discovered an unclaimed bag going around on the carousel. Customs and Border Protection agents opened it up and found a bonanza of drugs inside.

One of the men charged was the supervisor of the ramp employees who had unloaded that particular bag off a flight from Mexico. The other men were identified after police checked the supervisor’s phone and found incriminating texts.

3 Delta employees indicted on drug charges [AJC.com]

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  1. Costner says:

    Why does the fact this happened in Atlanta NOT surprise me?

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs, the Delta employees were caught after refusing to pay the new overhead bin charge, saying that as employees they were better than the average traveler.

  3. mikedt says:

    Once again proving that if you’re a fledgling terrorist, get a job at an airline or airport to do your damage.

  4. deathbecomesme says:

    Guess they didn’t pay the TSA agents their cut.

    • Firethorn says:

      TSA was uninvolved. By the sounds of it, they got to the ground crews -specifically the loaders.

      It’d be a simple enough scam, assuming you get the loaders at both points. Verify compromised workers are going to be working when the plane arrives, arrange for a uniquely, but not obviously, tagged bag to be the last on, first off. It never hits the carousel.

      /Just end the war on drugs already. Legalize it, tax it, and regulate it. Put the black market out of business, it’d save all of us so much money.

  5. RobHoliday says:

    Oh, the insanity! Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

    When you bust one dealer/smuggler, another picks up where they left off. On and on and on…

    When are we going to end this madness?

  6. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    The orders came from the top. It was either this or another $50 baggage fee.