Comair Employee Admits to Smuggling

 - July 5, 2007, 5:59 AM

Former Comair employee Zabdiel Santiago Balaguer pleaded guilty in Orlando federal court last month to gun and drug smuggling. The FBI arrested Balaguer in March along with five other co-conspirators, including fellow Comair employee Thomas Anthony Munoz, who allegedly tried to carry a duffel bag containing 14 guns and eight pounds of marijuana off a Delta Air Lines flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As part of his plea deal, Balaguer admitted to “smuggling guns and marijuana through [Orlando International] airport as an airline employee.” He faces 15 years in prison but could receive a reduced sentence for his cooperation.