A Delta baggage handler was caught handling more than just baggage.
Eugene Harvey, 31, is being accused of using his position to smuggle guns into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, then transferring the weapons to a former Delta employee, Mark Quentin Henry, who flew them to New York, according to NBC News.
Harvey, who also worked as a ramp agent, was able to bypass federal security screenings because airport employees aren’t subject to searches, according to an affidavit filed by senior air marshal George Randell Taylor and obtained by NBC.
Harvey, who was arrested Monday, became the subject of scrutiny during a New York City Police Department investigation into the trafficking of stolen and illegally purchased guns from Atlanta to New York, NBC reported.
Harvey and Henry were caught on video running the operation several times since January, exchanging numerous text messages on each occasion, the affidavit said.
Henry is accused of smuggling the weapons – at least seven of them loaded — in his carry-on luggage on at least five flights, CNN reported.
Henry was arrested Dec. 10 in New York on two felony charges: criminal possession of weapons and criminal sale of firearms.
The transfers took place in a restroom at the Atlanta airport, CNN reported.
“Employees entering this area are not subjected to screening by the Transportation Security Administration, neither at the time of entry into the employee parking lot, nor upon entry to the internal secure/restricted area at Hartsfield-Jackson,” the affidavit said.
Kings County New York District Attorney Kenneth Thompson called the scheme “an egregious breach of security,” raising questions about airport employees being allowed to circumvent screening procedures.
Five people were in custody in relation to the case as of Tuesday, according to CNN.
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