Houston airport workers accused of smuggling heroin

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Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 4:29 PM

HOUSTON – Two Houston airport workers have been accused of smuggling heroin through Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Rolin Eli Escober, 50, and Elidia Molina, 33, are charged with possessing and conspiring to possess a controlled substance, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Monday.

Escobar worked for Express Jet and Molina worked for DAL Global Services. 

Investigators say they used their positions to bypass airport security measures and smuggle more than two kilos of heroin and 13 kilos of sham heroin. They also smuggled fake IDs and large amounts of money, according to court documents.

In exchange, they received cash from an undercover Homeland Security agent, who they believed was a narcotics trafficker.

Both suspects were arrested Friday.

If convicted, they face at least 10 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

HSI investigated in conjunction with the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division, Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Houston Airport System.

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