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The Nation : Airline Drug Ring Halted

March 11, 1987

Federal agents have smashed a ring of 19 current or former Pan Am workers who allegedly smuggled $1.5 billion in cocaine into Kennedy International Airport in New York over six years, authorities said. Members of the "Pan Am conspiracy" used their positions as passenger service agents to bypass customs in Brazil and the United States, U.S. Atty. Andrew Maloney and other officials said. In addition, 26 others working for various airlines at Kennedy have been charged with smuggling cocaine and marijuana as a result of separate investigations, they said.

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