Cocaine smuggler who passed through St. Maarten convicted in US

POSTED: 01/25/13 12:28 PM

St. Maarten/ATLANTA-An Atlanta man who organized a cocaine smuggling ring that spanned St. Maarten in the north to as far south as Trinidad and Tobago, will now have to spend 16 years behind bars for his crimes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday that Lincoln E. Son tried to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Son pled guilty last October to conspiring to import drugs from the Caribbean aboard international commercial flights, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He will serve 16 years and eight months in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors said Son, 38, was a member of a Caribbean-based drug-trafficking organization. He recruited Delta Air Lines employees at Hartsfield-Jackson to pick suitcases filled with cocaine from checked baggage ramps, bypass U.S. Customs inspection and smuggle the luggage off airport property.

The U.S. Virgin Islands native organized the smuggling of cocaine-laden suitcases from St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Trinidad and Tobago, and received the drugs once they were outside the airport footprint, prosecutors said.

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