Workers at DFW Airport Arrested for Drug Smuggling

Workers at DFW Airport Arrested for Drug Smuggling

For individuals who worked at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport were arrested on federal drug charges. They have been accused of bypassing airport security and smuggling drugs across the United States.

Thus far, 46 individuals, mostly from North Texas, were arrested and scheduled to appear in court last Wednesday on a 17-count indictment, which accused the coconspirators of distributing cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Among the 46 arrested, were the 4 workers from DFW Airport.

M. Katoa, his wife J. Isaacs, M. Katoa, and F. Falahola are accused of transporting or assisting in the transportation of what authorities believe to be cocaine on commercial flights from DFW Airport to airports in Arizona, Chicago, Kansas, New Jersey, and San Francisco.

Eight of the suspects are facing charges for conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering, the Star-Telegram reported.

On April 18, 2013, Falahola told an undercover officer that his contacts at the airport could help him smuggle drugs on United and American Airlines flights to Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Miami airports and that his cousin, M. Katoa could help.

In May of 2013, Falahola introduced the undercover officer to his uncle, M. Katoa, who said he could circumvent security measures by getting the agent’s name on the employee flight list. According to the indictment, Falahola said that his cousin and other family members would assist in the drug smuggling scheme.

On Sept. 11, 2013, undercover agents handed a backpack to Falahola with four kilograms of a substance that the smugglers believed to be cocaine. Shortly after the transfer, Falahola and M. Katoa boarded an American Airlines flight headed for Las Vegas, said the indictment.

Once the plane landed in Las Vegas, the two smugglers gave the backpack to an undercover officer who paid them $9,000 for their services.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the FBI, IRS, TSA, the Secret Service, and police departments from DFW Airport, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and McKinney.

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