A 29-year-old North Jersey man was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison for smuggling more than $150,000 in cash on a flight from Philadelphia International Airport to the Dominican Republic.
Juan Adames, 29, of Ridgefield Park, was a US Airways employee and was able to bypass screeners at the airport to board his flight in 2010, federal authorities said. He pleaded guilty in June to bulk cash smuggling and other charges.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations said the case identified a major vulnerability in the screening system that has since been fixed. - Inquirer staff