A baggage handler planted cocaine in a Delta passenger’s luggage. The drugs were found at customs on arrival in New York. The passenger lost his job at Yankee stadium and spent a night in jail. He’s now won a judgment against Delta for $759,000.
The man was flying from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana to New York JFK, a route Delta abandoned in mid-2013.
When going through Customs he declared “cooked rabbit” in his bags. So he got a secondary screening, where border patrol officers found three bricks of cocaine. It turns out,
his bag was indeed tampered with after he had checked his luggage.
A corrupt baggage handler apparently tied a ribbon to the suitcase containing the illicit drugs so it would be recognized by an accomplice in New York City, according to court papers.
Roger Levans lost his security guard license, so could no longer continue working in that position at Yankee stadium. He ultimately got his license back, but not the prime posting. He was moved to a construction site for less pay. He never got his cooked rabbit back.
But five years after the incident he won a verdict for about three quarters of a million dollars. He won’t be seeing the money any time soon, however, as Delta plans to appeal because “the airline was not responsible for whoever put the drugs in Levans’ bag.”
It sure seems, though, like they should pay what a court has ordered them to pay given the harm caused this man after he checked his bags with Delta. Don’t you think?
(HT: Loyalty Lobby)