A former airline employee was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday for smuggling thousands of dollars of what he believed to be drug money past airport security, according to the U.S. State’s Attorney’s office.
Dino Dunkley, 29, of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of illegally entering an airport area with intent to commit a felony, authorities said. Dunkley was sentenced to two years in prison, two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000.
In 2012, a federal investigation was launched at Logan Airport by investigators who believed a lapse in airport security had given airline employees an opportunity to smuggle contraband around the employee security system. Dunkely, then a Delta Airlines employee, was identified as one of five employee suspects smuggling contraband.
In October and December of 2012, Dunkley used airport security credentials to smuggle $100,000 worth of what he believed to be drug money through the airport for $3,000 in compensation, according to authorities. The smuggling was actually part of a sting operation.
The four other former JetBlue Airways airport workers—Rupert Crossley, Anthony Trotman, Eric Vick, and Alvin Leacock—were previously sentenced for similar offenses, authorities said.