People with access to air travel, especially to positions of trust, are frequently tempted to use their access to make extra money through smuggling whether it’s border security offers or flight attendants. At one point 20% of Air Tahiti Nui flight attendants were suspended for drug trafficking.
Aircraft make great hiding spots for drugs, like when the nose of this American Airlines jet hid 31 pounds of cocaine.
But what on earth led Hong Kong Customs officers to do a full tear down on an aircraft engine leading them to an incredible haul?
A shipping container from Ecuador arrived in a Hong Kong port with an aircraft engine inside, and that engine was hiding 217 kilograms of cocaine worth $246 million, the largest seizure there in 8 years.
During the examination of the container and its contents at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound customs officers, with the assistance of government aircraft engineers, dismantled the aircraft engine leading to the discovery of multiple suspicious metal components in the middle of the engine. The cocaine was wrapped in soundproof materials and had been placed in eight metal components in the engine.
(HT: Jeff W.)