Sat, Apr 21, 2007
Cargo workers Used To Smuggle Cocaine, Heroin
Federal authorities say Miami International Airport was the hub
of a cocaine and heroin trafficking ring that used cargo workers to
smuggle the drugs. More than 500 pounds of cocaine and 81 pounds of
heroin have been seized so far, following a March bust involving a Comair
A federal indictment was handed down Thursday charging 29
people, 12 of whom are airport workers.
The workers were employees of several cargo airlines with
international business operations. The smuggling operation
reportedly began in 2002, and has raised questions about the
apparent ease with which terrorists or other criminals could also
operate at the airport, according to the Associated Press.
"You clearly had conspirators on the inside to help that take
place," US Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said of the drug operation.
"That raises alarms about what may or may not be smuggled through
Lauren Stover, MIA's security and communications chief, testify
before Congress Thursday that past drug trafficking rings led to
improved security at the airport.
18 of the 29 indicted are in custody in the United States and
six in Colombia, Acosta said. Eleven remain at large.
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