How Not to Bring Dope Through DFW Airport

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Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
As The Musers might say, count the red flags in this story: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that on Tuesday, it stopped two 22-year-old Japanese citizens at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport who were on their way from Jamaica to California. They were carrying with them 11 vacuum-packed boxes they said were filled with paper, sweartagod. Customs agents didn't believe them and asked the gentlemen to step right this way to baggage control, at which point officers unsealed the boxes and discovered 50 pounds of marijuana.

Says Jeffrey Baldwin, director of CBP Field Operations out of Houston, "This interception is indicative of the attention to detail our officers pay when processing travelers entering the U.S. We will take every opportunity to disrupt criminal activity whenever we encounter it." The release says the two men were turned over to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Department of Public Safety -- at which point they were turned over to local authorities. DFW's checking to see if they ultimately landed in Dallas or Tarrant County. Clearly they didn't watch this.

Update at 1:40 p.m.: Dave Magana, spokesman for DFW, tells Unfair Park both men "were transferred to Dallas County Jail. Dallas County will handle prosecution effort."
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Iuhkldf
Iuhkldf

fuck you john_mckee you lil bitch

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

Everyone needs to watch "Locked Up Abroad" on the National Geographic Channel. This stuff happens all the time. These unfortunate Japanese guys got offered a "free" trip and money in exchange for transporting a "small" amount of drugs. They are assured all the customs officials are "in on it" and there are no worries.

The day they are scheduled to leave they are driven to the roughest part of Jamaica and they are scared shitless. The bags full of drugs are already packed and they are driven immediately to the airport and watched to make sure they get on the plane.

The Japanese guys then feel like trapped rats and that they can't get out of this. The drug dealers don't really care if they get caught because nothing will happen to them. That is why they are carrying so much drugs and it is so noticeable.

Bob
Bob

Maybe it was for personal medicinal use. They had an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear letdown in Japan, you know. That takes a lot outta a fellow.

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

I don't believe it was weed. I'll need a sample sent to me ASAP!

Clancey
Clancey

It was the radiation detector that got 'em.

Tomjone
Tomjone

Legalize it! Stop this stupidity.

MattL1
MattL1

They were carrying weed from Jamaica to California? Do they know how easy it is to get good weed in California? I'm not a fan of marijuana prohibition, but some people deserve to get busted for stupidity, if nothing else...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

DFW spokesman Dave Magana writes: They "were transferred to Dallas County Jail.Dallas County will handle prosecution effort."

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the police report posted online here last year relating to Yasmine Villasana (the chick who jumped the tollbooth)--- it says they took her to Parkland for treatment. That accident occurred on International Parkway, again, entirely within Tarrant County.

Otto Spam
Otto Spam

For significant trauma, they're going to take you to whichever trauma center is closest and which can provide the level of care required. My map shows JPS @ 26+ miles from DFW while Parkland is a mere 17. Not to mention, if you get burned bad enough in Weatherford or other points west, they will fly your crispy ass to Parkland because they are especially good at fixing burned up people.

And besides, Tarrant County and its citizens have put up with decades of traffic and douchebags courtesy of Dallas County, so let's call it even, huh?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I still don't get it. The Terminal D customs inspection post is over 1/2 mile inside Tarrant County and the vast majority of taxes associated with DFW Airport are remitted to Tarrant County--- why are they dumping criminals and sick people in Dallas County?

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

This case will be prosecuted in Dallas County courts so JWP can get his 15% equity.

I think that works out to be about seven and a half pounds....

Buckeye
Buckeye

"50 pounds' worth of marijuana."

How much is that in $US?

TheDudeAbides
TheDudeAbides

~$350x16x50=~$280,000 final street value. Wholesale...who knows?

Will Breathes
Will Breathes

there's no way that shit is getting anywhere NEAR $350 for an ounce.

Daniel
Daniel

Probably about half of that if doled out by the pound, and the Japanese geniuses probably paid around $50K for it. Of course, as another commenter noted, kind bud practically rains from the sky on the West Coast. This is the equivalent to getting 50 pounds of ice from Iowa to transport, at great personal risk, to northern Alaska. I smell an April Fools stunt.

Max
Max

Geez- Someone takes a dump in Tarrant County, pulls the flush lever and guess where it passes through. Dall-Ass via the Trinity. Been that way for half of forever, just wonder if the weed was good. John Bryant was a fool cuz ya never wanna live down dip, even the Comanche knew that. Woof Woof

Montemalone
Montemalone

OK.You've had your puff puff, now pass.

Montemalone
Montemalone

50 pounds of sweet, sweet Jamaican weed. Bet they be havin a good time at airport security tonight...

What I don't get is why ? You can get good stuff in California with no risk, it's practically legal. Although 50 pounds is 49-1/2 pounds over the per person limit.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Why would DFW Airport have to check "to see if they ultimately landed in Dallas or Tarrant County"? Surely they don't just have the ability to whimsically choose where to prosecute someone any more than HIghland Park could force the City of Dallas to deal with a crime that happened in Highland Park just because it was close to the city limits.

By design, all of the airport terminals at DFW are located ENTIRELY within Tarrant County, and AA chooses to remit 100% of its personal property taxes on its fleet to Tarrant County, as well (under Texas state law, it could just as easily choose to pay part or all of these taxes to Dallas County). Therefore any criminal matter that takes place in the airport terminals should be a matter for Tarrant County to deal with (believe me, they are quite scrupulous when making sure all of the tax revenue in the terminals is properly attributed).

In the past, I've been bewildered to observe DFW Airport ambulances apparently making runs to Parkland Hospital for the same reason. Why would DFW Airport be transporting emergency cases across county lines to Parkland when the airport facilities are in Tarrant County (which has a perfectly good public hospital) and Tarrant County collects so much more in tax from DFW Airport than Dallas County does?

This is yet one more example of how Dallas appears to end up with the short end of the stick on all things DFW Airport related.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

The County of prosecution is define by the area of Airport in which crime occurred,part of International terminal is in Irving which is in Dallas County.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

That's simply untrue, Ms. Culbreth. All of the airline terminals (by design) are wholly located within Tarrant County. The international terminal is over 1/2 mile from the nearest part of Dallas County. You can confirm this by looking at Google Earth or any other map.

EDM
EDM

You know what they say ... "If you need to go to an emergency room in Houston, go to Ben Taub. If you need to go to an emergency room in Texas, go to Parkland." :-P

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I was told this morning by DFW officials that a majority of arrests made at DFW actually wind up being prosecuted by Dallas County; some, in Tarrant, but not most.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

That honestly doesn't surprise me. So, I guess the obvious follow up questions are--

1) Why is Dallas County prosecuting crimes that are taking place in Tarrant County? (You can see the county line in Google Earth as a green solid line running north to south to the right of the Terminals A, C and E tarmac.

2) Is DFW Airport reimbursing Dallas County for the cost of incarceration and prosecution?

3) Are these crimes included in Dallas County or Tarrant County for statistical purposes?

4) Where does DFW Airport transport emergency cases for incidents within Tarrant County? If they are similarly transporting these patients across county lines to Parkland, how much are they reimbursing Parkland for the cost of care?

As an aside, another "fun fact" you'll see if you go on Google Earth, is that virtually all of the job creating, tax paying activities associated with DFW Airport are located wholly within Tarrant County--- (i.e. all the airline terminals, the consolidated car rental facility, the UPS hub, virtually all of the private freight hubs, flight training centers, all of the AA maintenance facilities (except the one it took over from Delta), etc. Dallas County gets the tax exempt airport headquarters building and one extra runway :(

scottindallas
scottindallas

My oh my, thank god this pernicious threat was stopped. Think of what might've happened had this gotten through--it would be devastating.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Sherlock Holmes would be so proud of the CBP

oakcliffsweety
oakcliffsweety

Note to self: Don't use the paper excuse when smuggling pot through DFW, it's not good enough. These idiots OMG

John_McKee
John_McKee

Are they seriously patting themselves on the back for recognizing that people don't transport suitcases full of reams of new printer paper from Jamaica to California?

Yes, that is quite the attention to detail, most people wouldn't find that strange at all.

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