Five commercial airline employees are accused of smuggling drug money through Boston Logan International Airport. Credit: Google Images
Four JetBlue crew members and a Delta Air Lines customer service agent smuggled thousands of dollars worth of drug money and snuck through security screenings at Boston's Logan International Airport, federal prosecutors claimed Thursday.
Rupert Crossley, 25, of Lynn; Alvin Leacock, 27, of Hollywood, Fla.; Eric Vick, 24, of Mattapan; Anthony Trotman, 24, of Boston, all JetBlue Airways ground operations crew members and Dino Dunkley, 31, of Boston, a Delta Air Lines customer service ramp agent, were arrested Thursday after a "very detailed investigation."
They are due in federal court in Boston on Thursday afternoon, where they will face charges of money laundering and of conspiracy to defraud the United States, namely, the Transportation Security Administration.
Federal prosecutors claimed that nine money laundering transactions were completed, which involved approximately $417,000 in cash the defendants believed to be drug proceeds. They snuck the alleged drug money past TSA personnel, and in some cases, aboard commercial airline flights at Logan.
"Security at our nation’s airports is paramount and the conduct alleged today is alarming," U.S. Attorney Ortiz said in an emailed statement. "Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the federal and state investigators and airline security personnel, a potentially dangerous breach in security was identified."
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison.