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10 Airport Workers Accused of Shipping Meth on Flights to Newark, Other Destinations Arrested


Ten airport workers in Dallas were arrested Monday and indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance after placing crystal methamphetamine on flights to Newark and other destinations.  

According to officials, since 2016, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport employees allegedly bypassed security and place a substance that they believed was meth on flights. Undercover federal agents reportedly supplied them with 145 pounds of the fake meth which they transported to various domestic destinations including 101 pounds that went to Newark.

Officials said each airport worker received fees between $1,500 and $2,000 per kilogram they got onto the comercial planes.

According to the complaint the counterfeit meth was transported to New Jersey on the following occasions:

* Sept. 30, 2016 on American Airlines flight 952

* Nov. 11, 2016 on American Airlines flight 952

* May 25, 2017 on American Airlines flight 1229

* June 28, 2017 on an unspecified airline and flight

* Aug. 3, 2017 on an unspecified airline and flight

Authorities charged the following individuals:

* Nelson Pabon, 47

* Jean Loui Vargas-Malave, 28

* Juan Camacho Melendez, 22

* Ruben Benitez-Matienzo, 45

* Jose Luis Gaston-Rolon, 24

* Joshua Israel Pagan Zapata, 21

* Domingo Villafane Martinez, III, 30

* Luis Javier Collazo Rosado, 21

* Michael Lnu, 23

* Cristian David Cruz-Rodriguez, 23