Workers at DFW Airport used flights to distribute meth

Workers at DFW Airport used flights to distribute meth”

Prosecutors said the defendants used their position at two commercial airlines to bypass security measures as they accepted payment for smuggling counterfeit drugs.

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 US attorney's office in Dallas.

Ten airline employees at a Texas airport have been indicted for their role in allegedly trafficking almost 150 pounds of what the defendants believed was methamphetamine.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas, undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agents approached the defendants in August 2016 with counterfeit methamphetamine drugs and asked for the substance to be transported through the DFW Airport.

"Like many cases that my office prosecutes, this is about greed and people who abuse their positions of trust". Every time they sent a shipment, federal agents were there to pick it up, Cox said. Seven of those arrested are employees for Envoy, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

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

The indictments were handed down on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Nine arrests had been made as of Tuesday, according to authorities. "We take this matter very seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation", the company said.

"There will always be people who attempt to access the airport for illegal activities, but we will remain vigilant by investing in security and collaboratively sharing information and resources with the FBI, TSA, Customs and Border Protection, and other federal, state and local agencies", Cinquemani said. Two others worked for Spirit Airlines.

"The defendants negotiated with the undercover officers and charged a specific amount per kilogram", said Nealy Cox, which turned out to be anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 just to transport the fake drugs.

They allegedly had 145 pounds of the fake meth supplied by undercover federal agents transported to various domestic destinations - about 101 pounds of which went to Newark.

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