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Four flight attendants accused of smuggling drug money out of the US – AeroTime

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Four flight attendants have been charged with smuggling drug money between the United States and the Dominican Republic.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the flight attendants have been charged in connection with their “yearlong participation in smuggling narcotics trafficking proceeds from the United States to the Dominican Republic on commercial flights.”

The defendants, identified as Charlie Hernandez, 42; Sarah Valerio Pujols, 24; Emanuel Torres, 34; and Jarol Fabio, 35, were arrested on May 7, 2024.

The four are accused of smuggling drug money from New York’s John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) to the Dominican Republic from 2015 until at least 2022. During those years, all of the defendants worked as flight attendants for various international airlines. which operated routes between New York City and the Dominican Republic.

“As alleged, these flight attendants smuggled millions of dollars in drug and law enforcement funds from the United States to the Dominican Republic over many years by abusing their privileges as airline employees,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. a statement.

“Today’s indictment should serve as a reminder to those who break the law by helping drug traffickers move their money that crime doesn’t pay,” Williams added.

According to the official complaint, the flight attendants took advantage of their privileges as members of the Known Crewmember Program, which allows airline employees to pass through a separate, expedited security lane before entering the terminals.

Prosecutors alleged that the four smuggled a total of about $8 million in cash into the Dominican Republic.