10 arrested for attempting to smuggle meth through DFW Airport

Authorities bust drug smuggling ring, operation flew into CLT airport

Ten American Airlines workers are charged after 'smuggling 145lb of fake meth onto commercial flights out of Dallas Fort Worth airport' in undercover FBI sting

The 10 were charged Monday on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, reports theDallas Morning News. One was named as a Spirit Airlines employee and another as a former Spirit employee.

No actual drugs or explosives were ever smuggled, according to authorities.

'Smugglers are constantly seeking new ways to move illegal contraband across the country and we will do whatever necessary to thwart these criminals at every turn. (66 kilograms) of counterfeit drugs transported to various domestic destinations including Arizona, New Jersey and North Carolina.

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

Nealy Cox said the defendants believed they were transporting methamphetamine but it was actually fake.

No guns or explosives were shipped during the investigation, Cox said.

"We must continue our public private partnership and we must assure that our travel is safe and we prevent individuals such as these subjects from using their access and placement as instruments of compromise", said Eric Jackson, FBI Special Agent. "They did this, as well as work with others they knew had positions of trust at the airport in order to transport kilograms of methamphetamine".

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Each faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, but some of the 10 are accused of conspiring to move other contraband, such as weapons and explosives, on aircraft departing the airport, according to a news release from the US attorney's office in Dallas.

Over the course of an nearly two-year investigation, the employees, seven of whom worked for American Airlines subsidiary Envoy, allegedly shipped 66 pounds of fake meth from D/FW to airports in Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix; and Newark, New Jersey.

The defendants would also act as lookouts or engage in counter-surveillance to undermine police presence.

Seven of the workers were employed by Envoy Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

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

Tuesday's bust marks the second time in three years that DFW airport employees have been arrested for allegedly transporting fake drugs out of the airport.

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