AirNewsTimes Uk About US Contact

Drug raids net 33 at Puerto Rico airport

Drug raids net 33 at Puerto Rico airport

US drug enforcement agents have raided Puerto Rico's main international airport, arresting 33 people suspected of smuggling drugs via US flights.

» Actual | Thursday, June 07, 2012 • BBC
Among 45 people the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was looking for, 12 were current or former employees of American Airlines.

A spokesman for the airline said it had a "zero-tolerance policy" for "this kind of activity".

Puerto Rico, a US territory, is a major drug shipment point in the Caribbean.

Three additional suspects were arrested in US airports, officials said.

"We have dismantled the two most significant drug operations at the airport," said Pedro Janer, acting special agent in charge of the DEA's Caribbean division.

In addition to the 12 people connected to American Airlines, warrants were issued for workers at Ground Motive Dependable, a company that provides baggage handling at the airport.

One government worker with Puerto Rico's Port Authority is also being sought.

Bathroom pass
The morning raid involved two investigations, one stretching from 1999 to 2009, and the other from 2010 to 2012.

According to the DEA, suspects in the first case would allegedly enter Luis Munoz Marin International Airport through employee entrances while carrying concealed drugs. They then passed the drugs to another person in bathrooms beyond security checkpoints.

In the second case, a group of 20 people are accused of smuggling 9,000kg (20,000lb) of cocaine by loading suitcases filled with the drug into the cargo area and ensuring their arrival at US mainland airports.

Some of the drugs belonged to Angel Ayala Vazquez, once considered Puerto Rico's top drug dealer, the DEA said.

Puerto Rico is seeking more federal funding to fight drug trafficking. US officials say more than 70% of the cocaine that arrives on the island is destined for the mainland.

BBC
Warning: Comments which include insulting, offensive sentences or hints, assault and comments with the unwritten rules of spellingand written in English characters incorrectly will not be approved.
Login to make a comment with your user name
Yorumunuzu Sendin
Tüm Yorumları Okumak İçin tıklayın

More News

Delta Adds A350-900, A330-900neo to its Fleet Plan
Saturday, November 22, 2014    
Etihad named CAPA Airline of the Year
Saturday, November 22, 2014    
Air New Zealand and Air China agree strategic alliance
Saturday, November 22, 2014    
Emirates completes first A380 C-Check
Saturday, November 22, 2014    
AirAsia X adding more options to Tokyo via Narita
Saturday, November 22, 2014    
Garuda Indonesia Holds AAPA Chairmanship
Friday, November 21, 2014    
NAV CANADA reports October 2014 traffic figures
Tuesday, November 18, 2014    
BTS Releases August 2014 U.S. Airline Traffic Data
Tuesday, November 18, 2014    
Lufthansa launches new route to Tampa
Thursday, November 13, 2014    
Norway’s first ever biofuel flight took off today
Thursday, November 13, 2014    
More service for airberlin guests
Tuesday, November 11, 2014    
Pegasus sees Q3 net profit reach ₺234m
Tuesday, November 11, 2014    
Heathrow celebrates record year for exports
Monday, November 10, 2014    
Etihad brings in 40 Alitalia pilots
Monday, November 10, 2014    
airBaltic to Launch Riga – Aalborg, Denmark
Monday, November 10, 2014    
Qatar Airways receives two B787s and a B777
Thursday, November 06, 2014    
UIA offers more travel opportunities
Thursday, November 06, 2014    
NAV CANADA reports October 2014 traffic figures
NAV CANADA reports October 2014 traffic figures
NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of October 201
Lufthansa launches new route to Tampa
Lufthansa launches new route to Tampa
Lufthansa continues to expand its network in the United States. For the ver
Pegasus sees Q3 net profit reach ₺234m
Pegasus sees Q3 net profit reach ₺234m
Carrying 15 million passengers, Pegasus Airlines recorded ₺234 million Turk
Qatar Airways receives two B787s and a B777
Qatar Airways receives two B787s and a B777
For the first time in its history, Qatar Airways took delivery of three new
Stefan Pichler appointed CEO of airberlin group
Stefan Pichler appointed CEO of airberlin group
airberlin today announced the appointment of Stefan Pichler (57) as Chief E
Ethiopian Airlines to start flights to Doha
Ethiopian Airlines to start flights to Doha
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalised preparations to star
Statement from Virgin Galactic updated
Statement from Virgin Galactic updated
Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight
  • Kara Kutu

  • Çok Okunan

  • Yorumlanan

AirNews'i Delicious'ta PaylaşınAirNews'i Stumbleupon'da Paylaşın!AirNews'i Twitter'da Takip Edin!AirNews Facebook Sayfasını Ziyaret EdinAirNews RSS
UK News | World | Aviation | Airlines | Airports | Business | Space | Technology | Tourism | Photos | Videos

This Site All Rights Reserved. Not be quoted without permission.

Copyright © 2008 - 2011 airnewstimes.co.uk

Design / Software: Air News Times