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Venezuela/France: 10 Convicted for 1.4 tons of Cocaine on Air France.

Venezuelan authorities say three National Guard soldiers are among 10 people convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 22 ? years in prison for roles in smuggling 1.4 metric tons of cocaine to Paris in an Air France passenger jet. The chief prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that the wife of one of those convicted was sentenced to 10 years for money laundering. Still pending are charges against 17 more people arrested in the case, including a National...

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China: Airport staff busted smuggling wildlife on flights.

Seven members of an international tortoise smuggling ring are going to jail after Chinese police caught one member in an airport with two sacks holding 316 tortoises. Ring members had been taking radiated turtles from their native Madagascar, wrapping them in tin foil to avoid X-ray detection, stuffing them on a flight, and flying them to China. The plan was to breed each new batch, and then sell the offspring for profit. It worked for a while, but apparently it’s...

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HOW TO HANDLE A TAMPERING INCIDENT

Recommendations at check-in to maximize your safety: Many products on the market allow you to seal a suitcase.  However, each of them is a reactionary solution to a common problem - they do not cover all the bases.  The Securoseal difference is that it has been specifically designed to comprehensively seal your suitcase in a tamper evident and traceable manner. It is the only device of its kind in the world that accomplishes these functions.  As current travel environments (such as airports, rail services,...

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UK: Criminal security breach at Heathrow, 300 airside security passes suspended.

Three hundred employees at a company that supplies airline lounge services have had their airside security passes suspended after police arrested two women on suspicion of fraud at Heathrow airport affecting security passes. The concern is believed to be around the processing of passes, which are issued to many of the airport's 70,000 workers employed on the airport's airside. Permanent and temporary passes are given to flight crews, baggage handlers, shop and restaurant staff, hangar and ramp workers, cargo and...

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Pakistan: Airline PIA fires staff for heroin smuggling

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has terminated the services of a catering official posted in Lahore for attempted heroin smuggling, its spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. “During the interrogation the official had confessed of being involved in the recent incident of attempted heroin smuggling,” he said. Last week, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) took four PIA employees into custody in connection with a failed bid to smuggle 6kg of heroin (worth over Rs60 million) to Dubai from Lahore. It was connected...

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USA: Delta worker caught smuggling $282K past security in Florida.

A 26-year-old former ramp agent at Palm Beach International Airport pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally trying to help unknown men get a quarter of a million dollars through security and onto a plane in March. Jean Yves Selius, of Boynton Beach, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful money transmitting in connection with his illicit work. He faces a maximum five-year prison term when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra on Oct. 28. He could get far...

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Venezuela: Venezuelan national guard, Aeroméxico employee face drug trafficking charges.

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Venezuela's Public Ministry has charged an Aeroméxico security official and four national guard members with conspiracy to traffic more than half a ton of cocaine. Aeroméxico official Robert Fermín, and Bolivarian National Guard First Lt. Higmar Vivas, along with Sgts. Jimmy Useche, Elkin Fuentes and Víctor Molina, were arrested after about 1,300 pounds of cocaine was seized at the Mexico City International Airport on June 16. The public ministry also charged 11 others in...

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Canada: Worker's security clearance stripped after organized-crime scare at Vancouver airport.

Another Vancouver airport employee has been stripped of their security clearance — and lost their job — over an organized crime scare, this time after an Air Canada staffer was found in the United States carrying almost 12 kilograms of marijuana and more than $353,000 in bulk currency near the Canadian border. David Sargeant, 50, was an airline ground employee for almost 30 years, working as a station attendant at Vancouver International Airport, mainly doing baggage handling, towing aircraft and...

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Pakistan: Several Airline Employees Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Smuggle Heroin to Dubai.

Pakistan has arrested at least 12 staff of its national carrier following the discovery of 6 kg (13.23 lb) of heroin in the toilet of an aircraft bound for Dubai, an airline spokesman said on Monday. The latest instance of misbehaviour by the staff of cash-strapped Pakistan International Airlines was uncovered after the military-run Anti-Narcotics Force raided a flight from Lahore to Dubai flight on Saturday, Danyal Gilani said. "Around a dozen employees of PIA have been detained and are...

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India: 59 kg of seized gold missing from IGI airport vault, customs officers suspected.

NEW DELHI: All that glitters is not gold inside customs' high security vault at Indira Gandhi International Airport. A 'high-level stock-taking committee' that recently checked the sealed packets at the vault found that many of them contained spurious pieces. In all, about 83kg gold has been replaced with lookalike metals in the past two years, but the inspection team was shocked to find that 59kg gold, worth Rs 18.3 crore at current rates, had gone missing in this July alone....

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