Airline Workers At DFW Used Flights To Distribute Meth

Airline Workers At DFW Used Flights To Distribute Meth

Ten American Airlines workers have been charged with smuggling drugs out of Dallas Fort Worth Airport on eight different commercial flights.

The men also agreed to ship C-4 explosives along with drugs, but they were never sent.

"This [case] is about greed and people who abuse their positions of trust", Cox said.

Each faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, but some of the 10 are accused of conspiring to move other contraband, such as weapons and explosives, on aircraft departing the airport, according to a news release from the USA attorney's office in Dallas.

No actual drugs, firearms or explosives were smuggled onto flights as part of the investigation, authorities confirmed.

The airlines involved say they are cooperating with federal investigators. "We at the Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue to work diligently with our partners to ensure we aggressively investigate anyone who poses a threat to or attempts to compromise any aspect of USA aviation security".

"Allowing any contraband into a public environment is a line we're not willing to cross and that's why the decision was made", said Eric Jackson, Special Agent In Charge, Dallas FBI. Two others worked for Spirit Airlines. They were moving what they believed to be meth through the airport, charging undercover agents they believed to be drug smugglers between $1,500 and $2,000 per kilogram, according to federal authorities.

The pair allegedly used their positions to bypass airport security, and smuggled the fake meth on flights, transporting 145Ibs of the substance to destinations including Newark, New Jersey, as well as Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina. "The defendants would also act as "look-outs" or engage in counter-surveillance to undermine police presence".

Envoy said Tuesday it is eager to help as the investigation continues.

A spokesman at Spirit Airlines told CBS11, Spirit has been advised of this matter and will cooperate fully with law enforcement. The employees were arrested Monday.

The defendants named in the indictment include Nelson Pabon, 47, Jean Loui Vargas-Malave, 28, Juan Camacho Melendez, 22, Ruben Benitez-Matienzo, 45, Jose Luis Gaston-Rolon, 24, Joshua Israel Pagan Zapata, 21, Domingo Villafane Martinez, III, 30, Luis Javier Collazo Rosado, 21, Michael LNU, 23, and Cristian David Cruz-Rodriguez, 23.

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