Airline Security Official
Is Arrested in Drug Case
MIAMI -- American Airlines' director of security at Haiti's main airport was arrested by the U.S. government on charges she smuggled millions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States aboard the airline's planes.
Stephanie Ambroise, who worked at Port-au-Prince airport, was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, officials said.
Ambroise appeared briefly Friday in Miami federal court and was ordered held until a Tuesday hearing.
She is the latest Haitian official to be indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges. Others include the former national police director, the former national police commander, the former Haitian anti-drug chief, the former Port-au-Prince airport police commander and a Haitian senator.
According to an indictment unsealed Friday, from 1999 to 2003, Ambroise arranged to have suitcases and other containers of cocaine put aboard planes bound for the United States. In return for the shipments two or three times a month, she received as much as $2,000 per kilogram and made millions for herself, prosecutors said.
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