In the movie Blow, George Jung (played by Johnny Depp) used his girlfriend, Barbara, to smuggle weed from California to Boston. His reason for using her was her status as stewardess who didn’t have her bags checked. Having someone on the inside at an airline is of great value to dope boys. They can get work through with less of a chance of being detected. However, lately, the authorities have been finding cocaine stashed in airplanes or in the possession of airline personnel. Not a little bit either. Serious weight has recently been seized by authorities.
The most recent seizure was made on an American Airlines plane at Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma. During a routine maintenance check, American Airlines employees found a “white powdery substance” on the Boeing 757 and called the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. The DEA was called in and they removed the square packages, later identifying the find as 26 pounds of cocaine. No one has been charged, but an investigation into how the bricks made it onto the plane and who put them there, is underway.
This follows Tuesday’s arrest of American Pilot Kenneth Edwin Parrock. He was arrested at Jorge Chavez Airport in Callao, Peru (the world’s leading cocaine exporter), after 9.8 kilos of coke packaged in aluminum bags was found in his luggage, hidden in sheets. According to Myanmar International TV, “he was set to pilot a TAM flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil, route to Asia.” Parrock is currently being held by the Peruvian authorities. He admits that the bags belonged to him, but the cocaine found in the second bag did not. Good luck with that one.