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Two Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges At Miami International Airport

Two Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges At Miami International Airport

Two off-duty Delta Air Lines flight attendants were arrested at Miami International Airport on Tuesday on suspicion of drugs trafficking after U.S. Customs and Border Protection found drugs hidden in glass cosmetic bottles in their luggage, according to a Miami-Dade arrest report.

New Yorker Marcelo Chaves, 44, and his boyfriend Ronald Maldonado, 35, both face drug trafficking charges after they were subjected to a random CBP enforcement check shortly after arriving on an American Airlines flight from Brazil earlier this week.

An arrest report filed by the CBP alleges that various narcotics were found on the pair, including Ketamine, Methamphetamine and GBL which were found in two glass cosmetic bottles, as well as in a clear plastic bottle hidden in their luggage.

Chaves faces the more serious charges, and his arrest record indicates that 15 grams of Methamphetamine, around 260 grams of Ketamine and approximately 45 grams of GBL were found in his possession.

The quantities are enough to warrant a federal charge of drug trafficking.

Maldonado was initially arrested on suspicion of being in possession of 5 Methamphetamine pills.

“CBP officers at Miami airport arrested (2) US Citizens after they arrived on a flight from Brazil for possession and transportation of narcotics. State Attorney’s office accepted prosecution, and both subjects were turned over to Miami Dade PD at MIA Airport,” a CPB spokesperson told Local 10 News.

“This incident remains under investigation,” the statement continued.

The pair reportedly told investigators that they “were doing drugs” while in Brazil but denied any knowledge of how the drugs got in their luggage.

In a statement, Delta confirmed that Chaves and Maldonado had been suspended and said the airline was working with law enforcement.

Chaves has been held on a $115,000 bond and must attend a so-called Nebbia hearing which will decide whether the money he intends to post to make bail has been obtained illegally.

View Comments (3)
  • Meth Heads are primarily responsible for travelers’ safety on Delta flights? That is all the way scary. I know Delta isn’t the only airline with Meth Heads working for them, but these two represent the most idiotic of them because they are also drug dealers. Pathetic.

  • As anyone who has lived in the Miami area knows, drug trafficking is second only to money laundering in the local economy. If you rent property down there, examine your potential renters with a microscope or you may get a nasty surprise as we did. We received a large court judgement for all the damages and unpaid rent a tenant caused, but it may never be collected given the tenant was convicted for trafficking oxycodone and will be living rent free for many years.

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