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Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:58 pm

Equally as alarming to me is the fact that the packages were coated in axle grease which, if I'm not mistaken, is extremely flammable and something you wouldn't want to have floating around a baggage hold. Kudos to the customs and immigration guys for making the bust...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,1,3643693.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:48 pm

It's amazing that criminals attempt to smuggle drugs through commercial aviation. It must also mean that large amounts of narcotics make it to their destinations by use of commercial aviation.

It's kind of crazy to think about it.
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:58 pm

Quoting Zenarcade (Reply 1):
It must also mean that large amounts of narcotics make it to their destinations by use of commercial aviation.

Corruption by custom officials is another requirement for this to happen.
 
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:01 pm

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 2):
Corruption by custom officials is another requirement for this to happen.

specially in LatinAmerica no uncommon, sadly
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:05 pm

This is really sad. I wonder where this originated. There was a bust on an Mexicana flight ex-CCS a few months back.

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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:08 pm

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 2):
Corruption by custom officials is another requirement for this to happen.

Not just corruption, but threats. "Enforce the law, you die, but let it slide, here's some money."
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:38 am

Quoting Zenarcade (Reply 1):
It's amazing that criminals attempt to smuggle drugs through commercial aviation. It must also mean that large amounts of narcotics make it to their destinations by use of commercial aviation.

It's kind of crazy to think about it.

It makes you wonder how much narcotics slip through the system. I would imagine that a ton of it had already made it via that particular route already. And how many international flights does the US get a day? I would imagine the commercial airline drug trafficing is much bigger than we really know.
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:04 am

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 6):
I would imagine the commercial airline drug trafficing is much bigger than we really know.

Absolutely. When you look at JFK, or LAX or ORD, you are looking at a hell of a lot of drugs and smuggled goods (diamonds, etc) every single day.

Imagine if you had magic goggles to see all the drugs flowing thru a major city or airport. It IS there, most likely hidden in plain sight. Air cargo is poorly policed. You are right, all indicators show that this is a very quiet.... but very big..... situation.

You can blame users, or you could blame the War on Drugs, which has been a total failure. All it does is cause violence and corruption, without affecting drug use. Also, the war on drugs has screwed up Latin America, placing too much money into the hands of criminals.
 
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:44 am

interesting to see if TSAORD gets in on this...
 
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:08 am

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 13):
interesting to see if TSAORD gets in on this...

TSA has nothing to do with it. Every Mexicana and Aero Mexico flight into the IT has Customs, Immigration and Agri inspectors all waiting at the jetbridge. And they often bring the dogs out to check the luggage, Cargo holds and seats.
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:45 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):
When you look at JFK, or LAX or ORD, you are looking at a hell of a lot of drugs and smuggled goods (diamonds, etc) every single day.

Fortunately, the idiots involved were reckless enough to douse the illicit cargo in grease which either alerted a vigilant ICE agent or baggage handler. Then again, maybe this 'victory' gets chalked up to an ICE beagle that sniffed his/her way to getting a treat from their handler.

Unfortunately, diamonds don't emit an odor but if you listen really closely, you can hear what seems to be the sound of a toilet flushing - that's all of your hard earned money getting sucked out of your wallet!!!


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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:46 am

Quoting Zenarcade (Reply 1):
It's amazing that criminals attempt to smuggle drugs through commercial aviation. It must also mean that large amounts of narcotics make it to their destinations by use of commercial aviation.

Not surprising at all. Cocaine smuggling from south america to Miami on AA over the years has been a constant problem for that airline.

Air transport represents a very small percentage of the total amount of narcotics smuggled.
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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:54 am

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 16):
Cocaine smuggling from south america to Miami on AA over the years has been a constant problem for that airline.

I wonder how much extra dough AA lays out in fuel to carry the extra (dead) weight?!


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RE: Huge Cocaine Bust On AeroMex Flight To ORD

Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:49 pm

Quoting Wingnut767 (Reply 11):
TSA has nothing to do with it.

Sorry; I was reffering to a user on a.net who goes by the name of "tsaord", as he works at ORD.