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At least 18 charged in airport drug ring

Nation in Brief / NEW YORK

October 17, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A group of airline employees exploited weaknesses in security procedures to help a New York drug ring smuggle heroin and cocaine through John F. Kennedy Airport, federal authorities said.

At least 18 people have been charged in the plot, including seven workers at Delta Air Lines Inc., one at American Airlines, and two who worked at JFK.

Prosecutors said the group concealed drugs in luggage on jets traveling from the Dominican Republic, then retrieved the bags at JFK before they could be inspected by customs agents.

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