BOSTON (CBS) – Several commercial airline employees at Logan Airport are facing conspiracy and money laundering charges for allegedly using their security clearances to smuggle $417,000 in cash past security checkpoints and onto commercial flights.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Rupert Crossley, 25, of Lynn; Eric Vick, 24, of Mattapan; Anthony Trotman, 24, of Boston; Alvin Leacock, 27, of Hollywood, Florida — all JetBlue Airways ground operations crew members — and Dino Dunkley, 31, of Boston, a Delta Air Lines customer service ramp agent, were all charged with money laundering and of conspiracy to defraud the United States.READ MORE: Firefighters, driver hurt after ambulance and pickup truck crash on I-93 in Wilmington
Read: Complaint Affidavit .pdf
Investigators say each of the suspects received cash payments for helping smuggle the cash, which they were told was drug money.
According to the criminal complaint, a former airline employee tipped off the feds to possible abuse by other employees of security credentials back in 2012.
A sting operation was set up in August 2012, and that person, posing as a member of a drug trafficking organization, convinced Crossley to help smuggle $35,000 through TSA security area checkpoints. He also convinced Crossley to recruit other people to do the same.
The complaint says a total of nine transactions took place during the investigation between August 2012 and February 2014, with the suspects moving $25,000 to $57,000 at a time.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports