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Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 12:48 am

Federal authorities say 10 people who worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used commercial flights to distribute methamphetamine that was flown to Arizona, New Jersey and elsewhere.

Authorities say starting in 2016, the group used their positions to bypass security and place the meth on flights.

They allegedly had 145 pounds of the drug transported to various domestic destinations.

The U.S. Attorney sought to reassure the public about the integrity of airport security.

“We’re working closely with the airlines affected, we’re working with DFW, we’re working with TSA, and others to ensure that we’re addressing whatever security measures were bypassed,” said Cox.

American Airlines released a statement following the arrest of Envoy Air employees:

“At American & Envoy Air, we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers & team members. We take this matter very seriously & are cooperating with law enforcement.”

A spokesman at Spirit Airlines told CBS11, Spirit has been advised of this matter and will cooperate fully with law enforcement.

The indictment charges Nelson Pabon, 47, Jean Loui Vargas-Malave, 28, Juan Camacho Melendez, aka “Kendo Kaponi” and “Anthony,” 22, Ruben Benitez-Matienzo, 45, Jose Luis Gaston-Rolon, 24, Joshua Israel Pagan Zapata, 21, Domingo Villafane Martinez, III, 30, Luis Javier Collazo Rosado, aka “Luisito,” 21, Michael LNU, and Cristian David Cruz-Rodriguez, 23, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance.

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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 1:27 am

I suspect this sort of thing is more prevalent than most think, but at least they got some of the bad apples out
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 4:45 am

airportugal310 wrote:
I suspect this sort of thing is more prevalent than most think, but at least they got some of the bad apples out


Yes, I'm proud of the work of the FBI and the US Attorney's office in this case.
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 5:41 am

I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 5:44 am

Philippine747 wrote:
I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.

I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 12:28 pm

7H4 wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:
I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.

I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


Indeed, it is surprising, especially in the post-9/11 world.
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 1:35 pm

Philippine747 wrote:
7H4 wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:
I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.

I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


Indeed, it is surprising, especially in the post-9/11 world.


This relates to the other thread about fake detectors. A lot of this is just theater designed to make us feel safe. As we stand in lines taking our shoes and belts off and allowing TSA to rummage through our belongings. Employees with actual access to critical systems within the airport and aircraft walk right on by.
 
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Thu May 17, 2018 1:44 pm

Elementalism wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:
7H4 wrote:
I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


Indeed, it is surprising, especially in the post-9/11 world.


This relates to the other thread about fake detectors. A lot of this is just theater designed to make us feel safe. As we stand in lines taking our shoes and belts off and allowing TSA to rummage through our belongings. Employees with actual access to critical systems within the airport and aircraft walk right on by.

Employee with actual access to critical airframe system doesn't need a box cutter or bottle of juice to cause harm. Can you imagine mechanic without a set of tools? Many of those tools will never make it through the TSA. Can you make it through TSA with a bottle of Jet-A? Hell, no. Fueler can get that with minimal effort. Pilots can actually crash an airliner just because - and there are some relatively recent examples.
So it has to be more about looking at people than their bags. Now low wage, hard manual labor ramp jobs do not attract most successful and honest people..
 
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 2:02 pm

7H4 wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:
I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.

I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


That's crazy.. few months back I had to pick up a package from a FedEx Ground depot and was amazed that employees went thru
metal detectors and back searches as they reported for work and as they left the premises. Watched this for 15-20 minutes
while they located my package.
 
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 3:56 pm

Sooner787 wrote:
7H4 wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:
I’m quite curious how they got it into the airport in the first place. It’s not exactly the first time something like this has happened, and the TSA/DHS/FBI should’ve done something about it by now.

I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


That's crazy.. few months back I had to pick up a package from a FedEx Ground depot and was amazed that employees went thru
metal detectors and back searches as they reported for work and as they left the premises. Watched this for 15-20 minutes
while they located my package.



I think that’s more about loss prevention than aviation security.
 
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Thu May 17, 2018 4:01 pm

Not uncommon, I'd wager, even in the 21st Century.

Used to be cocaine rings with old EA and TW that would mule drugs from MIA to JFK back in the day.
 
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Fri May 18, 2018 3:06 am

kalvado wrote:
This relates to the other thread about fake detectors. A lot of this is just theater designed to make us feel safe. As we stand in lines taking our shoes and belts off and allowing TSA to rummage through our belongings. Employees with actual access to critical systems within the airport and aircraft walk right on by.
Employee with actual access to critical airframe system doesn't need a box cutter or bottle of juice to cause harm. Can you imagine mechanic without a set of tools? Many of those tools will never make it through the TSA. Can you make it through TSA with a bottle of Jet-A? Hell, no. Fueler can get that with minimal effort. Pilots can actually crash an airliner just because - and there are some relatively recent examples.
So it has to be more about looking at people than their bags. Now low wage, hard manual labor ramp jobs do not attract most successful and honest people..


Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled?

Elementalism wrote:
This relates to the other thread about fake detectors. A lot of this is just theater designed to make us feel safe. As we stand in lines taking our shoes and belts off and allowing TSA to rummage through our belongings. Employees with actual access to critical systems within the airport and aircraft walk right on by.


Interesting? Do you have a link to the thread?
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Fri May 18, 2018 11:36 am

Philippine747 wrote:

Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled?

So who and how should control pilot's access to cockpit? And cockpit is where most critical parts and systems are located.
Or who, and how, should control every ramper loading bags in a hold?
 
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Sat May 19, 2018 6:08 pm

7H4 wrote:
I'm not sure how it is at DFW or other airports but at my airport airside employees go through basically no security with only very sporadic (maybe once or twice a month) backpack/purse checks. It amazes me that security is still that relaxed in 2018.


It was like that at my previous airport but my current (major hub) airport requires employees to go through basically the same security as passengers with metal detectors and X-rays.

kalvado wrote:
Employee with actual access to critical airframe system doesn't need a box cutter or bottle of juice to cause harm. Can you imagine mechanic without a set of tools? Many of those tools will never make it through the TSA. Can you make it through TSA with a bottle of Jet-A? Hell, no. Fueler can get that with minimal effort. Pilots can actually crash an airliner just because - and there are some relatively recent examples.
So it has to be more about looking at people than their bags. Now low wage, hard manual labor ramp jobs do not attract most successful and honest people..


Why would a fueler bring a bottle of Jet A through security?

Philippine747 wrote:
Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled?


If tools and such are company property, I doubt an employee would be bringing them from home and have to take them through security.
 
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Sat May 19, 2018 6:17 pm

OB1504 wrote:
7H4 wrote:
Why would a fueler bring a bottle of Jet A through security?

That is exactly my point. You can perform a full strip and cavity search at entrance, but once on the ramp people have access to all sort of hazardous objects.
 
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Sat May 19, 2018 9:58 pm

OB1504 wrote:

Philippine747 wrote:
Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled?


If tools and such are company property, I doubt an employee would be bringing them from home and have to take them through security.


At least in my part of the world the vast majority of tools an aircraft mechanic uses are their own personal tools. Usually any tools that require regular calibration and/or are very specific to that aircraft type are provided by the company, but your every day wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. are the mechanic's personal tools that they have acquired on their own.

It would be difficult to control them tightly because every mechanic is going to have a slightly different collection, and each job is going to require a different selection of tools, and sometimes you don't know exactly which tools you'll need until you get to the airplane, so for any given call out the mechanics will probably bring an assortment that they think they might need for that particular call.

Even if the tools were tightly controlled there is still nothing stopping the mechanic from fixing a snag with the required tools, and then using the same tools to set up the airplane to crash. For example you might need to cut lock wire to remove the bolts to replace a part, and then you could in theory use those same cutters to cut 95% of the way through a control cable, so the plane would take off but one good bump and snap goes the cable. Plus, humans being humans, if it was a huge long process every time one needed to go get that one tool they forgot to bring then it's just that much more likely that they'll say screw it and come up with a "this'l do for now" solution instead of a proper as per the book repair.

Millions of possible scenarios really, and realistically every day thousands of "unsecure" aircraft mechanics all over the world maintain and repair thousands of airplanes without issue, so one can only really do so much before you're just getting in the way without actually making things safer.
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Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Sun May 20, 2018 3:38 am

kalvado wrote:
Philippine747 wrote:

Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled?

So who and how should control pilot's access to cockpit? And cockpit is where most critical parts and systems are located.
Or who, and how, should control every ramper loading bags in a hold?


kalvado wrote:
OB1504 wrote:
7H4 wrote:
Why would a fueler bring a bottle of Jet A through security?

That is exactly my point. You can perform a full strip and cavity search at entrance, but once on the ramp people have access to all sort of hazardous objects.


Wouldn't the airline/ground service provider be responsible for controlling access to aircraft and parts and conducting audits on parts inventory, etc. Then again, every airline has different SOPs.
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Sun May 20, 2018 11:04 am

OB1504 wrote:
If tools and such are company property, I doubt an employee would be bringing them from home and have to take them through security.


Most mechanics have to provide their own tools for the job. and usually alot.

If we can't bring our tools, and the company wont provide them, there will be alot of broke airplanes pushed out into the grass.
 
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Sun May 20, 2018 6:06 pm

That things like this happen is only a shock or surprise to those that have never worked within the aviation "security theater" apparatus.

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