“Operation Excess Baggage” Nabs 10 Delta Employees

Caribbean, Caribbean & Oceania, Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on May 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

According to CNN travel, in an investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — dubiously named “Operation Excess Baggage” — federal agents arrested 10 current or fomer Delta employees for their hand in a drug smuggling operation.

When 53 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase by Jamaican authorities in January of 2010, it set off the investigation which resulted in 10 Delta arrests and two others that  were not employees of Delta. The luggage was discovered in Montego Bay, Jamaica and was headed for Detroit. Director of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said in a statement:

Today’s arrests and charges close a major vulnerability at the airport. We can’t have people working in and around aircraft exploiting their positions for criminal ends.

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Five more suitcases were later discovered in Detroit that contained 16 kilos of cocaine and an additional 130 kilos of marijuana. In March of last year, authorities seized another 45 pounds from Delta employees in Detroit. Leave it to Twitter to let the rest of the world know what was going on. Delta released this on Twitter:

Delta does not tolerate employees found using their position for illegal activity and these employees have been suspended without pay. Additional disciplinary action could be taken pending the final outcome of the investigation.

Those arrested were charged with charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute and conspiracy.

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