In the classic movie Blow, which depicted the cocaine trafficking career of the legendary George Jung, “Boston George” used his stewardess girlfriend to move pounds of weed from California to Massachusetts early on. He did so, because the stewardesses’ bags weren’t checked. Last month, it seems a Jamaican trafficker had the same plan in mind, when he allegedly enlisted flight attendant Rohan Myers to smuggle more than 6.5 pounds of cocaine into Florida in his underwear. However, Myers was busted soon after landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on September 8th. On Wednesday, Myers pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in a Fort Lauderdale federal court.
Myers was a crew member on Caribbean Airlines Flight 39, flying into Florida from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Sun-Sentinel reports:
Myers became “very nervous” when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched his luggage, they said. He started sweating “profusely” when they questioned him about a pair of athletic compression pants in his baggage.
As they escorted him into a private room to search his body, he told them: “I have cocaine on me; I’m supposed to take it to the hotel.”
The packages, duct-taped to his thighs and ankles, contained cocaine, according to court records filed by agents from U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.
Myers told investigators that a man in Jamaica (his homeland) recruited him to move the weight. He was promised $10,000 upon delivery. A few hours before the flight took off, the man helped him strap the coke to his legs with duct tape.
Myers is scheduled for sentencing in January, where prosecutors are expected to suggest a three-year prison term. Myers’ attorney is hoping to be able to convince the judge to grant his client a lesser term, considering this is his first offense and this was his first time trying to smuggle drugs. Regardless, the former flight attendant will, more than likely, be deported back to Jamaica after his prison term is over.
(FYI, we know that the proper word is “drawers,” and not “drawls.”)