26 employees at Puerto Rico’s main airport took part in a cocaine smuggling ring, according to the Department of Justice.
The participants were inducted by a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico this week for allegedly smuggling several kilograms of cocaine into the US. The head of the operation was Humberto Concepción-Andrades, working with employees of American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, the airport cleaning service, and an airport restaurant.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
These individuals allegedly misused their employment at the airport for the benefit of the smuggling operation. American Airlines employees allegedly placed tags on luggage that said they was screened by TSA when they were not.
Other American Airlines cargo employees allegedly took advantage of free shipping privileges to send kilos of cocaine to the U.S., while restaurant employees allegedly hid cocaine in empty five-pound coffee bags, and cleaning service employees brought backpacks full of cocaine to mules waiting in bathroom stalls.
If convicted, the smugglers face prison time between ten years to life.