3 accused of smuggling drugs to St. Louis in airline baggage


Great news provided by Robert Patrick for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about 3 people smuggling drugs in St. Louis.

An employee of American Airlines Cargo Fleet Service and two others smuggled methamphetamines and cocaine to St. Louis in airline luggage, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Between February and May, Chalamar Schultz Tuipelehake, 36, arranged for dealers in California to ship their drugs via Poe Purcell, 40, a clerk for the cargo service at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said. Purcell, who had worked for the cargo service since 2001, helped the drug dealers avoid detection, they said.

All were indicted here on July 8 on charges including conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to enter a secured area of airport under false pretenses.

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