If you're going to smuggle a half-million dollars worth for heroin and speed through Hartsfield-Jackson International, try not to forget it at baggage claim.
People lose and forget bags at the airport all the time—hell, there's even a reality show about the auctions airlines hold to move unclaimed bags. But when you're attempting to move six-figures of Horse across an international border aboard a commercial flight, ensuring that you retrieve that mule bag should generally be at the top of your priority list. It was not, however, at the top of any list belonging to three Delta employees—Luis Marroquin, Carlos R. Springer, and Kelvin Rondon—recently indicted by a grand jury on felony smuggling charges.
According to US Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, on January 13th , a Delta agent discovered the unclaimed bag on a carosel bearing tags from Flight 364 from Mexico City. When Customs agents inspected the parcel, they discovered numerous baggies of both meth and heroin. Police traced the package back to the trio after they interviewed Springer, who oversaw the unloading of Flight 364, and discovered incriminating texts from Marroquin. If convicted, each man is looking at a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine. [ACJ - Image: the AP]