Bronx flight attendant charged with smuggling $8M in drug money to Dominican Republic

The crimes date back to at least October 2021.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2024, 12:17 AM

Updated 14 days ago

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A flight attendant from the Bronx was charged with allegedly smuggling drug money from the United States to the Dominican Republic.
Prosecutors say 42-year-old Sarah Valerio Pujols worked with three other flight attendants from the tri-state area to smuggle nearly $8 million in cash to the island.
They say the crew had "Known Crewmember" status, allowing them an alternative route in TSA in order to get around those checkpoints.
The crimes date back to at least October 2021.
Charges include operation of an unlicensed money transmission business, entering an airport or aircraft area in violation of security requirements, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmission business and bulk cash smuggling.
If found guilty, Pujols could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.


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