10 Employees of DFW Airport Companies Indicted for Drug Smuggling

The aviation industry is in the headlines once again. But this time it isn’t because of what happened on an airplane but rather the special deliveries that were made.

Last Tuesday, 10 people who work for companies at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were indicted for smuggling drugs after being caught in an undercover FBI operation that went on for almost two years.

“In 2016, the FBI, along with federal and other law enforcement agents, began investigating individuals who made it clear that [they] were willing to transport illegal narcotics via commercial airlines from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport,” said Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

According to the indictment, one of the employees claimed he could smuggle guns via commercial airlines and had discussions about the transportation of explosives like C-4 plastic explosive.

“These individuals used their access to benefit themselves while showing little regard for the airlines or their customers,” Eric Jackson, FBI special agent-in-charge, said.

The investigation came to a head when the FBI officially made its move to take down the 10 suspects Monday.

“This case also highlights something else, something that is important, it what can be accomplished when we work together,” Cox said.

Nine of the 10 defendants appeared in court Tuesday to begin what could be a long process ahead.