JFK Airport baggage handler gets life

2012-10-16 22:29

New York - A former American Airlines baggage handler from Barbados has been given life in prison for his role in a drug-smuggling ring operating through New York City's JFK Airport.

Victor Bourne received the sentence on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn.

A jury had found Bourne guilty last year of drug trafficking and money laundering.

Prosecutors accused the 37-year-old native of Barbados of helping recruit and organize a crew of corrupt airport employees. They said the operation helped smuggle more than 150kg of cocaine into the United States between 2000 and 2009.

Authorities say Bourne made millions of dollars in drug proceeds he laundered through business ventures in Brooklyn and Barbados.