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A drugged tiger cub was found in a checked luggage bag, leading some media outlets to question if exotic wildlife smuggling is a growing trend.
BY ALISON SCHUTZ AND TRACY PFEIFFER
ANCHOR AUSTIN KIM
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TSA’s patdowns and bag scans certainly didn’t detect a drug ring out of airports in Detroit, Houston, and Jamaica. That’s because the smugglers were on the inside. Detroit’s WDIV has details.
“Investigators say the scheme was relatively simple. They say these baggage handlers would fill luggage with drugs and then put tags on them, tags like any other type you might see on a flight, with the name of a passenger on a flight from Jamaica to here to Detroit. When that plane landed here at Metro Detroit, baggage handlers like the people you see working down here, well they’d take the bag and get it by security and then sell the drugs out on the black market.”
Federal agents arrested 12 people - including 10 current or former airport employees. And as Detroit’s WXYZ says--they could be looking at some major punishments.
“Now depending on the actual charge, the penalties range from 5 years to life. The fines 250 thousand dollars to 10 million dollars. Agents say it’s a privilege to work here at the airport and be allowed in the most secure areas and if you break the law they will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”
A follow up report from the Detroit Free Press quotes two of the arrested men’s wives. They defend their husbands because despite being arrested in connection with $4 million dollars in drugs, they didn’t have a lot of luxuries.
One woman says: "He drives a piece of crap car that I have to push in the street. ... He doesn't even have cable, for crying out loud."
And the other argues: "This is not the man I've known for 10 years … There have been no red flags, no extra money for God's sake. We have used cars. He works mega overtime."
Finally, a writer for Gather hopes this case -- dubbed “Operation Excess Baggage” will force regulators to reexamine their security policies.
“Fortunately, the airline employees were part of a drug smuggling conspiracy, and they were not smuggling explosive devices on-board passenger flights -- at least, as far as we know. ... Federal officials should consider imposing mandatory pre-and post-flight inspections of baggage on all flights or at least, international flights.”
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As many as 150 migrants are missing after a boat capsized off the coast of Lampedusa.
An estimated 22,000 migrants have flooded the Italian island amid ongoing unrest in North Africa. Most are from Tunisia – but Italian officials believe this latest migrant boat embarked from Libya. (VIDEO FROM TELESUR)
The tragedy is reigniting debate over how to best handle the influx. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been in talks with the Tunisian government.
Euronews reports - most of the migrants are simply looking for work in Europe.
“Berlusconi was there with his interior minister to talk about the problem and as the Tunisians to do more to prevent people leaving, but with migrants being charged about 1,000 euros each by the smugglers, it could be a difficult issue to solve.”
But despite official efforts - ABC Australia says the reality on the ground for would-be migrants is spiraling into a humanitarian crisis.
“They are exhausted, strained by a frightening journey across Libya, and now pitifully they are wet too, soaked where they stand by a passing storm. ... In the three days we’ve been here the flow out of Libya has doubled, then doubled again.”
“Humanitarian crisis” is an understatement - writes The Guardian’s Simon McMahon - who in no uncertain terms charges Italy with “failing North Africa’s refugees.”
“The migrants themselves have complained of being treated as animals. The reaction from Italy's leaders has been … likening the crisis to a ‘human tsunami’... Silvio Berlusconi has offered deportation as the only resolution... This is not a humanitarian response. This is a military-security mission designed to ensure the foreigners are kept separate and sent away as quickly as possible.”
Under the Dublin convention of 1990 - asylum seekers must be processed in the country of arrival.
A BBC reporter spoke with migrants waiting to be processed - and says - they’re looking for a chance at a new life.
“To Europe. All Europe. (Anywhere in Europe?) It doesn't matter. Where there is freedom, democracy, we will go there. We hate the life in Tunisia. We hate to be animals. We want to be normal people, human, nothing else.”
According to the New York Times - some of the migrants will be issued six-month temporary residence permits. But France 24 reports - those simply looking for work will likely be sent back home.
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