A Jamaican man could face life in prison if he is found guilty of drug trafficking charges involving allegedly providing almost 60 pounds of cocaine to a flight attendant. That flight attendant, who worked for JetBlue, has admitted to trying to smuggle the drugs onto an airplane last March.
The cocaine, which had an estimated value of $3 million, was discovered in the 32-year-old woman's carry-on bag as she was preparing to board a plane at Los Angeles International Airport. When she was pulled aside for a random search, she fled the area before being caught.
The flight attendant, who pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, is scheduled to be sentenced in March. She could face a decade behind bars under mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
The 39-year-old Jamaican man, who was indicted this month by a federal grand jury, is already serving time in a Florida federal prison. He's facing the same charge as the flight attendant as well as an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He's currently in prison for illegally coming back into the U.S. after he was deported.
A judge has ordered that the man be sent to Los Angeles to be arraigned on the charges. The U.S. attorney for Los Angeles said, "This case demonstrates law enforcement's commitment to disrupting dangerous drug trafficking networks."
Drug trafficking charges are among the most serious involving illegal drugs. Attorneys with experience handling federal drug charges work to provide guidance and help ensure the rights of those facing these charges.
Source: MyNewsLA.com, "Who gave the cocaine to that JetBlue flight attendant LAX smuggler? Feds indict Jamaican con," Debbie L. Sklar, Jan. 27, 2017