Three South Florida residents have been sentenced to significant prison time for their roles in a caper to smuggle drugs into the United Stated through local airports.
Cindy Moran-Sanchez, her husband Jose Sanchez and her sister Elizabeth Moran-Toala were part of a scheme to look the other way as drug smugglers imported cocaine and heroin into Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports in return for kickbacks from Latin American drugs lords.
Moran-Sanchez was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at MIA and is considered the ringleader.
Her husband, who worked as a TSA supervisor at Fort Lauderdale's regional airport, was in charge of making sure the drug smugglers and their stash were allowed to get on flights to New York without being detected by authorities.
He had help from Moran-Toala, a customs agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International.
The family unit helped smuggle in drugs for three years before finally getting caught in 2009.
Moran-Sanchez was sentenced to 14 years in prison, her husband received 11 years and her sister will spend the next decade in a federal prison.