“The unnamed people were carrying vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana that weighed a total of 30 pounds”
This one is already going viral, but we had to share it anyway, since it is one of the great TSA meets THC stories of all time, with a rogue gang of skycaps at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stealing cannabis items out of passenger bags for years.
As the San Francisco Standard reports, “The Justice Department charged two [United Airlines] baggage handlers on June 9 with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance for their role in the alleged scheme. … The employees, Joel Lamont Dunn and Adrian Webb, allegedly enlisted at least three other airport workers to help them snatch the cannabis, load it into 15-20 gallon trash bags and then put it in their personal vehicles, according to court filings.”
That’s a lot of weed—even puts to shame the pockets full of grass our buddies who used to bounce outside of the clubs on Lansdowne used to take home on a solid night. This heist is another level altogether though, even movie-worthy if you think of all the puns. Seriously, we wouldn’t be surprised if The Highjacking of Flight 420 was already in production. In any case, more from the Standard below:
Prosecutors say the scheme dates back to at least 2020, when Dunn first approached another airline employee to join the operation, court filings say. That person later became a confidential source for law enforcement. Dunn allegedly paid the confidential source $2,000 each shift for their help, adding up to $10,000 per week.
Dunn was the operation’s leader, and Webb was his “right-hand man,” prosecutors allege.
On June 8, 2021, cameras captured Dunn, Webb and other employees moving black trash bags out of the secure area of the airport, according to prosecutors. Later that day, Dunn and Webb were robbed at gunpoint in the SFO employee parking lot near their vehicles. The pair reported the robbery to law enforcement but did not mention marijuana to the police.
Law enforcement confronted two of Dunn and Webb’s unnamed accomplices in October 2022. The unnamed people were carrying vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana that weighed a total of 30 pounds, according to court filings.