Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 US state that happened in August of 1959. It is the only state made up entirely of islands. Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. It has a population of 1,374,810. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and US military personnel. Its capitol is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
HawaiinewsNow reported arrest that was made in a major drug trafficking ring between Hawaii and California. The criminal complaint filed by the US Homeland Security Investigators Honolulu Office stated that a member of the drug team would board a flight and check a suitcase. What would happen next was that either a Delta Airlines or Transportation Security Administration worker would find the bag after it had been screened and put the drugs inside. The passenger would then pick it up at baggage like normal. Once in Hawaii the drugs would be taken to hotel. Once it got to the hotel it would be picked up there and distributed. The next step would be to get a large amount of money of hundreds and thousands of dollars to be flown back to the supplier in California the same way. That was quiet a thought out scheme. Five people were arrested. The TSA says it is still looking into the allegations but says no TSA workers from Hawaii were involved. A Delta Airlines ramp agent was actively involved along with her husband.
Court documents say the other defendants include W. Dominguez and he is said to be the main supplier in California. He is supposed to have gotten the drugs from Mexico; L Talia who “facilitates the transportation of the drugs in Hawaii and collects and consolidated drug proceeds back to California”; and L. Chung as the primary meth distributor in Hawaii.
Morgan Durrant, Delta Air Lines Corporate Communications stated, “Delta takes these situations very seriously and we will cooperate fully with authorities.” The state department of Transportation is saying that thousands of people have security badges to secured areas. There is a certain procedure they go through to get these badges and that is that they are fingerprinted and their record and criminal history is checked. The state is reviewing the case and they will determine if there are any security changes that could be made. They do know that no state employees were involved.
Investigators are saying that hundreds of pounds of meth were smuggled from January 2011 to January 2012.