Off-Duty Delta Flight Attendants Caught Smuggling Drugs

Off-Duty Delta Flight Attendants Caught Smuggling Drugs

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Two Delta flight attendants were arrested on Tuesday while trying to enter the United States with drugs, as noted by Paddle Your Own Kanoo.

Flight attendants get caught at immigration with drugs

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 two off-duty flight attendants were arrested at Miami Airport. They had landed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on American Airlines flight AA904. The couple, aged 35 and 44, was subjected to a random check at the US Customs and Border Protection facility upon arrival.

During this check, officers found more than just clothes. Drugs were found in two glass cosmetic bottles, in a transparent plastic bottle, and in their bags. In their possession, the couple had 15 grams of methamphetamine, 260 grams of ketamine, and 45 grams of GBL.

The couple claims that they did drugs in Brazil, but don’t know how the drugs ended up in their bags. The quantities with which they were found are large enough so that they’re facing felony drug trafficking charges.

While it would be nice to think that perhaps they weren’t intending to sell these drugs, these quantities are significant. 260 grams of ketamine is a lot, and with a street value of $60-100 per gram, that’s a potential value of $15,600-26,000. At the same time, if you are going to smuggle drugs internationally, wouldn’t you at least do it in larger quantities? That’s a ton of risk with fairly limited reward.

The smugglers were traveling on American Airlines

Delta has suspended these employees

Delta has confirmed that the two off-duty flight attendants have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

Airline employees receive industry travel benefits that they can use on a variety of airlines. Generally perks are best when flying with the airline you work for, in terms of standby priority and the potential to get business class seats, if available.

So it’s interesting that this couple was flying American to Miami. It’s not known if they were planning on staying in Miami (or dropping something off there), or if they were just connecting there, and that was the best flight option available.

One of the men is being held on $115,000 bond, and is now facing a Nebbia hearing, or bail source hearing, to determine if the money used to post bond is from legitimate sources.

Here’s what US Customers and Border Protection had to say about the incident:

“CBP officers at Miami airport arrested (2) US citizens after they arrived on a flight from Brazil for possession and transportation of narcotics. State Attorney’s office accepted prosecution and both subjects were turned over to Dade PD at MIA Airport. This incident remains under investigation.”

Delta has suspended these two flight attendants

Bottom line

Two off-duty Delta flight attendants have been caught smuggling drugs into the United States. They claim that they did drugs in Brazil but had no clue how the drugs ended up in their bags. To the best of my knowledge, most drug dealers don’t just randomly stuff tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs in peoples’ bags as gifts without telling them. The two men are now facing felony drug trafficking charges.

What do you make of this flight attendant drug trafficking arrest?

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  1. Eric Guest

    The gene pool needs serious Chlorine…

  2. FlyerDon Guest

    So, they work for Delta but they were flying on American? They must have been on drugs!

    1. iamhere Guest

      Then if they got caught perhaps less chance of a termination or problems with their employer? - at least that may have been their thinking. Also, Miami is American's hub so perhaps more flights.

  3. Quixote Guest

    Tip of an iceberg for these drugs being smuggled into America. TSA should check every FA with full body scan and drug sniffing dogs.

  4. Jack Bushwick Guest

    It's the nature of the business. It's the smuggler's blues.

  5. Eric Guest

    Is this now a airline staff gossip blog or something?

  6. Icarus Guest

    They didn’t know the drugs were in their baggage lol
    Did you pack the bag yourself ? Has anyone given anything ?

  7. Christian Guest

    Props to them for at least being off the clock when they chose to smuggle drugs.

  8. Stuart Guest

    Odd, as in the case of Ketamine this is far more a drug used for therapy and treatments than it is for recreational use. I mean, pretty easy to get Ketamine treatments all over the U.S. now at clinics. A friend who has suffered from depression for years started on it six months ago and it truly has changed his life.

    Will be interesting to understand the motive of this as ketamine (for example)...

    Odd, as in the case of Ketamine this is far more a drug used for therapy and treatments than it is for recreational use. I mean, pretty easy to get Ketamine treatments all over the U.S. now at clinics. A friend who has suffered from depression for years started on it six months ago and it truly has changed his life.

    Will be interesting to understand the motive of this as ketamine (for example) is completely easy to get in the U.S. and is even legal when administered by a specialized practitioner. In fact, many of the places doing the treatments are more like medical spas than doctors offices. And not as if it might be cheaper to buy in Brazil...me thinks at least.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      “…as in the case of Ketamine this is far more a drug used for therapy and treatments than it is for recreational use.”

      Clearly you don’t spend much time at nightclubs.

    2. Stuart Guest

      I don't. Regardless, given the ease with getting it for treatments and so many using the therapy now (you can even get home treatments) I wonder why it would be such a big deal from both angles, that is in their need to smuggle it and the authorities being so concerned about it.

    3. k1b2637 Diamond

      Prescription amounts are lower than recreational amounts. Usually you'll receive at most 2-4 doses that last about an hour each. It also takes a fair amount of effort and time to get those doses.

    4. glenn t Diamond

      uh huh...... now what about all the other stuff they were caught with?

  9. Sean M. Diamond

    Not the first and won't be the last unfortunately.

  10. Maryland Guest

    Use stupid drugs and you make really stupid decisions.

  11. R B Guest

    GBL? Never heard of it. Is that what kids do these days? LOL

    1. SamB Gold

      These are gay party drugs. Partying in Rio, it tracks. I wonder if they were planning to keep them for personal use (maybe it's cheaper in Brazil) or re-sell.

    2. ERDoc Guest

      “Gay” party drugs??? So straight people use these drugs? You’re a M-O-R-O-N!!!

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TravelinWilly Diamond

“…as in the case of Ketamine this is far more a drug used for therapy and treatments than it is for recreational use.” Clearly you don’t spend much time at nightclubs.

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Icarus Guest

They didn’t know the drugs were in their baggage lol Did you pack the bag yourself ? Has anyone given anything ?

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Ari Guest

GBL is a prodrug of GHB.

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