Yesterday, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced the bust of two rings of airport workers based in Puerto Rico who they say smuggled thousands of kilos up and down the east coast, including into Miami and Orlando. The feds indicted 45 people with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and violations of the RICO statute. The two separate cases immediately brought to mind the infamous Ramp Rats scandal of 1999, when the DEA, U.S. Customs Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms busted 66 Miami International Airport employees, many of whom worked for American Airlines, for running an illegal cargo service for everything from marijuana to grenades.
In the latest round of drug smuggling airport workers, the feds allege one ring -- led by a woman named Maribel Rodriguez Fragoso, aka La Flaca -- was made up of workers of a baggage handling and maintenance company at San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, while the second ring was led by American Airlines employee Wilfredo Rodriguez Rosado, aka Pitin, who recruited co-workers to participate in his racket that lasted nine years.
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