On Tuesday, U.S. attorneys announced that 10 people were indicted for attempting to smuggle 66 kilograms of methamphetamine through the airport. "He also discussed the ability and willingness to smuggle plastic explosives onto the planes".
But prosecutors say they ended the conspiracy when one of the employees claimed they could smuggle more items. "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".
"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. "We at the Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue to work diligently with our partners to ensure we aggressively investigate anyone who poses a threat to or attempts to compromise any aspect of USA aviation security".
Authorities allege that two defendants met with an undercover officer in 2016 and obtained a substance they believed was methamphetamine. Investigators say the suspects used their positions to bypass security and place the meth on flights.
According to the release, The counterfeit drugs were transported to various locations throughout the US, including Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested four D/FW workers after they promised they could get cocaine from the airport to other destinations around the country. The defendants also acted as "look-outs" or engage in counter-surveillance to undermine police, court documents said. Seven of the arrestees work for Envoy, 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.
Federal indictments have been issued for 10 employees of companies working out of DFW Airport and nine have been arrested and face federal drug distribution charges.
The arrestees named in the indictment are: Envoy employees Nelson Pabon, Jean Loui Vargas-Malave, Juan Comancho Melendez, Ruben Benito-Matienzo, Joshua Israel Pagan Zapata, Domingo Villafane Martinez III and Luis Javier Collazo Rosado; Spirit employee Jose Luis Gaston-Rolon and former Spirit employee Christian David Cruz.