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NEW YORK | Aircraft mechanic charged for importing 11+K of coke from MoBay

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Justice
NEW YORK , NY, July 6, 2020 -  An American Airlines mechanic at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), 52-year-old Paul Belloisi of Hicksville, New York, was arraigned on Monday for allegedly importing more than twenty-five pounds of cocaine that was recovered from an external compartment of a jetliner from Montego Bay.

Belloisi, was arrested on Feb. 5, following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at JFK. He is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine and importation of cocaine. He was released on a $300,000 bond and indicted by a grand jury in Central Islip, New York, June 18, 2020.

According to court filings, on Feb. 4, 2020, shortly after American Airlines flight 1349 arrived at JFK Terminal 8 from Montego Bay, Jamaica, a routine search by CBP officers who are members of the JFK Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team revealed approximately 11.594 kilograms (25.56 pounds) of cocaine bricks concealed behind an insulation blanket in an external mechanical compartment beneath the aircraft.

CBP officers and HSI special agents then began visual surveillance of the aircraft from a distance. Shortly before the aircraft was scheduled to depart, Belloisi was observed approaching the aircraft and entering the compartment where the cocaine had been hidden.

The officers confronted Belloisi after he exited the compartment and observed evidence that Belloisi had handled the area where the cocaine bricks were discovered. Belloisi also had carried an empty tool bag to the aircraft and had cutouts in the lining of his jacket, which together were sufficiently large to hold the bricks of cocaine that had been in the compartment.

“As alleged, Belloisi was the ‘inside man,’ moving more than 25 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to New York,” said Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of HSI New York.

CBP Director of Field Operations Troy Miller said “This internal conspiracy case serves as a great example of collaborative law enforcement efforts to combat those that would compromise their access to restricted space and equipment, while aiding international narcotics trafficking conspirators. U.S. Customs and Border Protection thanks our partners at HSI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, for their continued cooperation.”

“As alleged, this airline mechanic abused his position as a trusted employee and his access to sensitive areas of JFK Airport to participate in the clandestine importation of cocaine,” stated United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue.

“These charges will serve as a warning that federal law enforcement authorities remain vigilant in protecting the security of our borders and fighting the scourge of international narcotics trafficking. Those who attempt to poison our communities by smuggling drugs through our ports of entry will be held accountable.”

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Last modified onMonday, 06 July 2020 19:36
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