Can you imagine traveling as a tourist from Lima Peru to Mexico on a LAN Airline flight with your suitcases full of drugs, but you did not know about it?
Can you imagine you as a major drug smuggler operate under the watchful eyes of currupt officials? Peru’s counter-narcotics police broke up a ring that shipped cocaine from Lima’s international airport to Mexico on commercial flights by swapping out unsuspecting passengers’ luggage with identical suitcases.
The passengers’ real bags would be put on later flights.
Peru in 2012 supplanted Colombia as the world’s No. 1 cocaine producer, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
The arrest of eight employees at airport services companies through Wednesday followed the April and May detention of five police officers assigned to the airport, also for alleged cocaine smuggling.
The suspects worked for three different concessionaires at Jorge Chavez airport, including Transber SAC, which loads cargo on planes.
Source: eTN Global Travel Industry News