American Airlines Crew Busted After Decade Of Smuggling Cocaine
You won't see it offered with in-flight meal service, but that doesn't mean your flight crew hasn't got a stash of it in the back; it's cocaine, and $20 million dollars worth of the nose candy has apparently been ferried into and out of Puerto Rico by American Airlines staff since 1999. The drug traffickers were recently arrested in a sting, with most cuffed in Puerto Rico where they would load up the suitcases stuffed with illicit substances.
While crossing international borders may be as easy as going to the drug store for flight crews, this one seems to have made it a drug store business. Along with the arrests, the police seized some $18 million dollars worth of property owned by the men, so they weren't exactly playing it cool. Still, it did take the DEA some ten years to catch them; we would have thought they'd have quit by now to live in the lap of ill-gotten luxury, but greed for more had properly caused them to hold onto their menial American Airlines jobs so long.
According to CNN, the DEA has stated that if they are convicted, "the defendants taken into custody would face sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison and personal fines of up to $4 million." So we guess it's safe to assume that American Airlines is now hiring in Puerto Rico?
American Airlines can't yet issue a lengthy statement on the arrests, but they have said that they hope that "the actions of a few employees don't reflect negatively on the tens of thousands of ethical American Airlines employees who work hard to serve the public daily."
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