Prosecutors say he smuggled guns in backpacks through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
Pak's office alleges that Bubacarr Drammeh, 42, attempted to bring a bag with more than $140,000 in cash through an employee security checkpoint on Sept. 2, 2017.
Hartsfield-Jackson in 2015 began operating a security checkpoint to screen employees, in response to a gun-running scheme uncovered in 2014. Delta has its own screening system of its employees. Airport workers were previously not required to go through security checkpoints.
The Drammehs "exploited Bubacarr Drammeh's status as an airline employee to evade airport security screenings," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
A screener at the employee checkpoint “found stacks of money” in Drammeh’s bag, and Drammeh allegedly offered the screener $8,000 in cash to not report him to authorities, according to Pak’s office. But airport security refused and contacted law enforcement.
A federal grand jury indicted the Drammehs, who live in Riverdale, on July 24 and charged them with “conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements.”
Hartsfield-Jackson issued a statement saying: “The multi-layered approach to security at ATL addresses passengers and employees alike. We work constantly with our law enforcement and airline partners to maintain a safe, secure environment at the world’s busiest and most efficient airport. Additionally, we will continue to assist the federal authorities as needed in this investigation.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that the Drammehs from November 2016 to September 2, 2017 transported cash on flights to California, and that they took more than 50 trips.
"While halting bulk cash smuggling is an important Homeland Security Investigations priority, eliminating a potential vulnerability in airport security may serve a larger contribution to national security and protection of national infrastructure," said Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta special agent in charge Nick S. Annan in a written statement.