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Former Southwest Airlines employee sentenced to 90 months for drug smuggling

March 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Southwest Airlines employee sentenced to 90 months for drug smuggling

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A former Southwest Airlines employee in Oakland was sentenced to seven and a half years behind bars for his role in a meth and cocaine trafficking enterprise.

According to the Eastbay Times,  Chris Cross, who took a plea deal with prosecutors in 2017, was sentenced to 90 months in a federal lockup followed by three years of supervised release. He was indicted along with seven others in 2016, two years after the drug organization came to an abrupt end because of a conspirator’s drunken state.

Federal prosecutors indicated that Cross used his status as a Southwest staffer of 22 years to help smuggle drug couriers’ packages around TSA checkpoints. Authorities added that between 2011 and 2014, the group sent meth and cocaine on flights from California to Hawaii over 36 times.

Authorities said the group remained undetected until April 2014, when one of the couriers got drunk and was not allowed on her flight to Hawaii. During a search, officials discovered three pounds of meth and two pounds of cocaine and took her into custody.

She later cooperated with the federal investigation.

The head of the ring, Jeremy Luckett, 38, was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison in October.

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