Cargo agents have been accused of collaborating to steal large quantities of marijuana from checked bags for years now. The theft was so significant that some participants reportedly received up to $10,000 per week.
In June 2021, the conspirators got a harsh lesson when two of them were robbed of marijuana at gunpoint at San Francisco International Airport. The news of their scheme had spread. Seventeen months later, another co-conspirator was caught by the FBI transporting 30 pounds of marijuana in the airport's parking garage, the criminal complaint states.
Two men, Joel Lamont Dunn and Adrian Webb, accused of leading a criminal scheme to steal marijuana from checked bags at United Airlines, now face federal charges for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, the duo and other cargo agents allegedly seized large quantities of weed in 2020, filling bags as big as 20 gallons.
The FBI's allegations spark curiosity about the true extent of marijuana smuggling via commercial airlines. How much contraband is slipping past security agents and making its way to other cities? These questions arise as the FBI reveals that Dunn paid his co-conspirators $2,000 to $10,000 per week based on the amount of marijuana they were able to take.
According to a recent complaint, Webb is accused of being Dunn's right-hand man and leading a conspiracy. The complaint also alleges that the two were robbed at gunpoint in June 2021 shortly after moving black trash bags from the airport into their cars. Prosecutors have stated that in October 2022, a person known only as "Individual-1" in court documents was arrested with bags containing 30 pounds of marijuana and was allegedly part of the conspiracy.
It has been revealed that the FBI was aware of the scheme for several months, thanks to a confidential source who initially lied about their whereabouts on the day of the robbery. Despite this, an FBI special agent confirmed the informant's reliability based on training, corroborating evidence, and other information gathered during the investigation.
Dunn and Webb have been set free on bonds totaling $75,000 and $50,000 while they await their pending charges. Court records indicate that no trial date has been scheduled yet.