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Flight Attendant and Co-Conspirator Indicted for Heroin Smuggling

OCT 24 (ORLANDO, Fla.) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announces the grand jury indictment charging Carlos Luis Alomar-Baello (43, Davenport) and Carla Michelle Alvarado (33, Kissimmee) with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. If convicted, Alomar and Alvarado each face a minimum penalty of ten years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. 

According to the indictment and other court documents, on September 28, 2013, Alvarado, a Jet Blue flight attendant, tried to smuggle almost one kilogram of heroin through U.S. Customs at the Orlando International Airport.  After landing on a flight from Bogota, Colombia, Alvarado was selected for inspection by Customs officers.  The officers discovered the heroin hidden inside a body suit that Alvarado was wearing underneath her uniform. Agents identified Alomar as the intended recipient of the heroin.  The next day, agents arranged a meeting with Alomar, who was arrested after taking possession of a bag he believed contained the heroin shipment.  Agents seized an additional heroin supply during a search of Alomar’s residence incident to his arrest.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the DEA with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. 

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