Saturday, December 10, 2011

In Bags at J.F.K., Handlers Found Niche for Crime

Published: December 9, 2011

It was not so much the crime that was surprising, but who was behind it.
When federal investigators announced they had broken up a cocaine-trafficking ring, the crime boss was not a member of a Mexican cartel or the Mafia.

The ringleader was Victor Bourne, a low-wage baggage handler for American Airlines at Kennedy International Airport. And his associates in the enterprise were other airline employees: baggage handlers and crew chiefs who delivered contraband while they delivered luggage to the baggage-claim area.

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