Two United Airlines cargo brokers at San Francisco International Airport orchestrated a years-long scheme to steal marijuana from departing passengers’ baggage after which raked in as a lot as $10,000 per week promoting the contraband, the feds stated.
Joel Lamont Dunn was described because the mastermind and Adrian Webb his “proper hand man” behind the brazen ring involving different cargo brokers on the airport, in accordance with a felony criticism filed with the US District Court of Northern California on June 9.
According to the feds, an informant who had “information of the conspiracy to steal marijuana” was working alongside Dunn and Webb as a ramp cargo agent when the alleged scheme was hatched in 2020.
The informant instructed the feds that Dunn approached them “to help with stealing marijuana from checked baggage” at SFO.
The informant was paid round $2,000 in money per shift “or extra if giant portions have been taken that day,” in accordance with the felony criticism.
It is unclear who was transporting such huge quantities of marijuana by way of airport safety.
The informant instructed investigators that Dunn was “the chief of the operation” whereas Webb “gave the impression to be [his] proper hand man and gave instructions when Dunn was not round,” in accordance with the criticism.
The two have been charged with conspiracy to distribute a managed substance and launched on bail. Dunn’s bail was set $75,000 and Webb’s at $50,00, court docket information present. A trial date has not but been set.
Dunn and Webb weren’t instantly accessible for remark.
The Post has sought remark from United Airlines.
The pair surfaced on the feds’ radar after they have been “robbed at gunpoint within the worker car parking zone of SFO close to their private automobiles,” in accordance with the criticism.
Video surveillance footage from shortly earlier than the theft reveals Dunn, Webb, and different staff “transfer black trash luggage out of the safe space airport, according to the marijuana theft scheme,” in accordance with the felony criticism.
Neither Dunn or Webb reported to the police that marijuana was robbed from them, the feds alleged.
In October of final 12 months, the feds, appearing on a tip from their sources, intercepted two people who “exited the safe space of the airport with a cart carrying two giant bins, and a big black plastic bag on high of the bins, and headed to the G-side of the International Garage,” the criticism alleged.
Federal investigators uncovered 14 kilograms — or 30 kilos — of marijuana, it was alleged.
The two people who have been intercepted have been often seen with Dunn and Webb in surveillance footage, in accordance with the felony criticism.