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USA: Southwest baggage handler guilty of drug smuggling.

A former Southwest Airlines baggage handler pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland Wednesday to two charges in a scheme to smuggle large amounts of marijuana through Oakland International Airport. Michael Videau, 29, of Oakland, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton to one count of distributing marijuana and one count of entering an airport in violation of security rules for the purpose of drug trafficking.He will be sentenced by Hamilton on Nov. 9 and faces a maximum...

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Pakistan: Airline staff arrested for heroin smuggling.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday apprehended a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) official for his alleged involvement in smuggling heroin on various flights. According to initial reports, ANF arrested Iqbal Ghurki in Lahore for stashing away bags of heroin in several flights of the national flag carrier. Authorities at PIA were also informed about the arrest. “Heroin was being smuggled on PIA flights with the help of one of its employees Iqbal Ghurki,” ANF officials said. However, PIA spokesperson Daniyal...

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Philippines: New Security Measures at NAIA Catch 2 Baggage Handlers Stealing

Two baggage handlers have been let go after a new security firm hired by various airline companies at NAIA found the pair robbing the incoming luggage during night operations. A spokesperson for Avomsi said that a ‘nighttime’ modus was behind the large scale theft that was going on at NAIA. The company now will implement new security passes to prevent cargo loaders from ‘moonlighting’ with other airlines at NAIA. Avomsi said that some of the workers at NAIA actually volunteer...

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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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