A flight attendant working for budget airline JetBlue has admitted to accepting $10,000 to smuggle heroin disguised as chocolate pellets into the country from Colombia.
Carla Michelle Alvarado was caught by customs officers coming off a flight from Bogota to Orlando with 940 grams – or just over two pounds – of the powerful street drug split across several oval pellets that were colored brown to look like candy.
Alvarado, from Kissimmee, Florida, had hidden the items in a garment underneath her flight attendant uniform.
Alvarado told agents she was given the drugs in Colombia and was being paid $10,000 to deliver the heroin to Jorge Luis Alomar, an acquaintance in Orlando.
She then agreed to help agents with their investigation and complete the delivery.
Once Alomar had accepted what he thought was a bag of heroin from Alvarado, police swooped in.
Alomar told agents he coordinates heroin shipments from a source in Bogota and said he asked Alvarado for help in moving the drugs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Alomar said Alvarado had also transported another package of heroin for him about weeks earlier,for which he paid her $10,000.
Agents asked Alomar if he had any other drugs, and he said he had more heroin hidden in his home in Davenport.
Agents took Alomar to his house, where he moved a dresser, pulled up the carpet and removed a bag containing about 165 grams of heroin. In his bathroom, Alomar removed a ceiling vent cover and pulled out bags containing about 55 grams of heroin.
Alvarado and Alomar were arrested on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and both made their first appearance in Orlando federal court on Monday.
Alomar remains jailed in Orange County.
Alvarado was granted bail.
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