Five employees of JetBlue and Delta airlines were arrested today following an undercover operation investigating their use of airport security clearance to allegedly smuggle $417,000 of drug money past TSA.
A press release from the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston states: “According to the complaint affidavit, they transported cash, which was represented to be drug proceeds, past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and security check points and, in some instances, aboard commercial airline flights at Logan International Airport.’’
Four Massachusetts men and one Florida man were charged with a total of nine counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States by way of TSA. The employees, four from JetBlue, one from Delta, allegedly committed a felony in a secure airport area, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Rupert Crossley, 25, of Lynn, Eric Vick, 24, of Mattapan, Anthony Trotman, 24, of Boston, Dino Dunkley, 31, of Boston, and Alvin Leacock, 27, of Hollywood, Florida, were reportedly paid for their actions by a “cooperating witness involved in the investigation.’’
Vick and Dunkley allegedly transported the smuggled cash aboard commercial airline flights from Boston to Florida. The four JetBlue Airways employees were ground operations crew members and Dunkley was a Delta customer service ramp agent.
“Security at our nation’s airports is paramount and the conduct alleged today is alarming,’’ said US Attorney Carmen Ortiz in the press release. “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.’’