August 26, 1999 |
Nearly 60 American Airlines employees and food service workers were charged Wednesday with smuggling what they thought were drugs and explosives onto planes in a sting operation that federal authorities said revealed alarming security breaches at Miami International Airport. The two-year undercover operation began when an American Airlines pilot complained about a cup of coffee on the plane that was later found to have been tainted with heroin. "The pilot said, 'There's a distinct taste.
May 16, 1988
A third day of deliberations in the cocaine-smuggling trial of reputed Colombian drug lord Carlos Lehder ended in Jacksonville, Fla., without any sign that the jury was near a verdict. Deliberations were scheduled to resume today. Lehder, 38, and co-defendant Jack Carlton Reed, 57, of San Pedro, Calif., are being tried on charges of conspiring to smuggle 3.3 tons of cocaine into the United States from Colombia from 1978 to 1980.
February 12, 1990 |
Customs agents in Miami have seen a six-fold increase in a single year in cocaine seized from people smuggling the drug into the United States by swallowing it in balloons or condoms, authorities said. In fiscal 1988, agents recovered about 23 pounds of cocaine from swallowers. In 1989, they recovered 136 pounds of cocaine from 84 swallowers, officials said.
September 7, 1992 |
Hurricane Andrew may have devastated the nation's cocaine capital, but traffickers and drug hunters are quickly returning to business as usual, officials say. After the storm, high-tech radar and detection equipment was quietly flown into devastated Homestead Air Force Base--the center for many interdiction programs--and is operating under camouflage.
September 21, 1999 |
A Florida sheriff's department that took part in a seven-year money-laundering inquiry received half of the $50 million seized from a marijuana smuggler--the largest single currency seizure made by U.S. Customs--and it was the "culmination of several years of hard work on [the] part of Customs and Monroe County Sheriff's Office," Customs Commissioner Ray Kelly said in Miami.
October 11, 1989 |
Twenty people, including four U.S. Customs Service workers and a former Cuban political prisoner, were indicted for smuggling nearly 40 tons of cocaine and marijuana into the country. The 15-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Miami charged the defendants, all of whom are in custody, with using law enforcement information provided by the customs employees to elude detection of their drug smuggling operation.