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A Technician Finds 31 Pounds Of Cocaine Onboard An American Airlines Flight
 
 
   
   
January 31, 2017 - An airline maintenance worker in Oklahoma found 31 pounds of cocaine in the nose cone of an American Airlines jet after it arrived from Colombia, police said on Monday. Seven bricks of the drug, with a street value of at least $200,000, were discovered on Sunday night at the carrier's maintenance base in Tulsa, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

"A technician went to check the electronics bay ... and some of the insulation looked new. He moved it and saw one of the bricks," the sheriff said. The bricks of cocaine were covered in wheel grease that appeared to have been applied to the bricks to ward off drug dogs, said Casey Roebuck, communications director for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

The flight, a Boeing 757, originated in Bogota, and landed in Miami. It was sent on to Tulsa for maintenance checks because the base in Miami was too busy, the sheriff said. Casey Roebuck, spokesperson for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said "That's a lot of cocaine, so we suspect cartel involvement. That's why we're turning it over to the DEA [in Miami] (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)."
 

 

 

 
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