On April 8, 1983, the three-year
anniversary of the start of my career as a Port Authority Police
Officer, I noticed while on a screening post a X-ray screen displaying
what appeared to be US Currency. I stopped and questioned the individual
and when asked if the money was his, he stated, NO Officer, itís YOUR
money! I called my supervisor and we returned the individual to the
Police Desk at JFK for further investigation.
The individual had stated at the gate
that there was $50k in the package, however after counting, we
discovered the sum was $476k dollars. The person and money were turned
over to the DEA and I later learned that he was the son of the head of
an Organized Crime Syndicate in Florida. The money was receipts from
illegal gambling in NY and was being flown to Florida to purchase
cocaine which is then shipped back to NY. I was later called to testify
at the Presidentís Commission on Organized Crime in Washington DC.
On Tuesday October 27, 1981, I attended
the 1445 roll call. There were two FBI agents in attendance and they
shared info on a man they were looking for who was allegedly going to
try to hijack an aircraft. The description was a Black Male wearing an
Army fatigue jacket, jeans and brown penny loafers. While covering Post
56-1 United Airlines Screening Point around 230 pm I observed a person
matching that description enter the menís bathrooms in front of my post.
I called for backup, Officer Jablow responded, and we arrested the
individual who had a Molotov cocktail and lots of matches and lighters
in his possession.