The Associated Press reports that a former airport baggage handler has been handed a prison sentence for smuggling guns. Eugene Harvey, 34, is a former baggage handler at Atlanta’s airport and was convicted of smuggling guns onto passenger planes destined for New York City. He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison on Thursday.
Harvey was employed by Delta Air Lines and was fired in December 2014 as a result of this investigation. He used his position with the airline to pass 135 guns through the airport and to New York City for sale on the black market.
Harvey pleaded guilty to charges that carry up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors requested the 2 ½ year sentence due to his cooperation in helping to convict his co-defendants.
He will receive credit for time served. Harvey will also be supervised for three years after his completion of the federal sentence. He is also currently serving a five-year sentence for state charges.
State police in New York began investigating trafficking of guns in the area and identified Mark Quentin Henry as a person transporting guns, who was a former Delta employee. He then gave them to another person who sold them to an undercover officer.
Henry was arrested in 2014 with a backpack containing 18 handguns, seven which were loaded. He admitted to flying from Atlanta to New York with the guns and ammunition in his carry-on.
Cellphone records, airport security cameras and security records were used to determine that Henry and Harvey had exchanged text messages, and Harvey helped him get through security. The investigation discovered that Harvey used his badge on four other dates to enter secure areas when he wasn’t working.
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