HR Strange But True!
December 16, 2009

An airline offers complimentary flights to its employees as part of its benefits package. You could forgive an employee for taking advantage of that benefit often. One employee in Texas did … 388 trips in 8 years. Was the employee visiting loved ones during weekends? No, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors allege that the employee, a baggage handler, was using his company flying privileges to transport cocaine. The investigation began in 2007, after Houston Police Department detained an acquaintance of the employee after a flight from Baltimore . The acquaintance had $30,000 in U.S. currency.

The investigation subsequently turned to the baggage handler, who had taken 388 trips between Houston and Baltimore, the vast majority of which involved short nighttime turnarounds in Baltimore , prosecutors allege.

When the employee was arrested after a flight, he was carrying $79,122 in a women's girdle. Prosecutors say the currency represented the proceeds of cocaine that the man had sold in Baltimore .

The man pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He was recently sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison without parole.

Source: Justice Department

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