NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) — Five arrests have been made in a brazen scheme in which guns — including an AK-47 rifle — were taken onto passenger jets for years in carry-on luggage and were “destined for the streets of Brooklyn.”
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson made the disclosure at a news conference Tuesday. He revealed details about the arrests a day after charges were announced in Atlanta against an airline baggage handler.
He said he was not trying to scare anyone. But he called “truly frightening” what investigators learned after a probe that started as a way to reduce gun violence in Brooklyn.
He said former Delta Air Lines employee Mark Quentin Henry took guns aboard at least 17 commercial airliners this year from Atlanta to New York airports. The name of his lawyer wasn’t listed in court records.
Investigators found 153 weapons, including four 9mm pistols and one .380 caliber pistol, and quantities of ammunition and magazines at Henry’s Brooklyn apartment.
“Instead of being used in crimes, these guns are now permanently out of commission,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said.
The son of a retired Delta employee, Henry allegedly used his mother’s unlimited flight pass to shuttle the weapons back and forth.
Henry, who worked for Delta as a ramp agent from 2007 until 2010, allegedly bought most of the guns online — purchasing 10 to 20 weapons at a time, the DA’s office said. He would then allegedly pick them up from sellers in and around Atlanta and fly the guns back to New York to sell them.
Henry allegedly was helped by Eugene Harvey, 31, a current Delta ramp agent who is not required to go through security at the airport in Atlanta.
Once Henry cleared security, he allegedly met up with Harvey inside the airport, who then allegedly gave him back the guns in exchange for cash.
Harvey, of College Park, Georgia, was arrested in Georgia and arraigned on a federal complaint Monday. He has been ordered held on $25,000 bail.
Also arrested in the bust were Brooklyn residents Ernest Leneau, 54; Adrian Alleyne, 24; and Grayling Smith, 51.
Henry has been ordered held without bail.
Leneau was ordered held on $1.5 million bond or $750,000 cash; Alleyne was ordered held on $250,000 bond or $150,000 cash; and Smith is awaiting extradition from Georgia.