American Airlines Baggage Handlers Took Apart Planes to Hide Drugs
Tags: airport security, Barbados-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), crime, drugs, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Victor Bourne
Victor Bourne led an operation in which he and 19 other convicted employees would hide bricks of cocaine inside the luggage of passengers as well as cargo containers and within the panels of the aircraft themselves.
American Airlines Flight 1384, the daily service from Barbados to JFK, was characterized as the “Cocaine Express” in the 2011 trial that led to Bourne’s conviction.
In one instance, Bourne’s crew actually dismantled and reattached parts of a plane’s wing before and after carrying a full flight of passengers nearly 2,100 miles. Judge Nicholas Garaufis, formerly chief counsel at the FAA, mentioned the danger of such activity and said he hoped Bourne’s stiff sentence would discourage it from happening again.