Three women were recently apprehended at Nashville International Airport for their involvement in a “ghost bag” scheme, as reported by local authorities.
This arrest followed an alert from Southwest Airlines, regarding a suspicious bag at BNA, containing high-value clothing, receipts, a credit card and a counterfeit driver’s license. The suspects, identified as Johniesha Jones, 34, Cherish Lynn Harris, 22, and Torryiel Griggs, 30, were detained while attempting to retrieve the bag. WSMV-TV reported on the arrests on Monday.
Upon their arrest, police discovered gift cards exceeding $20,000 in value, along with $9,000 worth of merchandise and receipts in their vehicle. Investigations suggest that the trio engaged in fraudulent activities, purchasing apparel with stolen credit card details and then returning these items to various stores for cash or store credit. The charges against them include theft and fraud, with Jones also facing additional accusations of criminal impersonation and evading justice. They are currently held at the Davidson County Jail.
The concept of a “ghost bag” involves checking luggage to a destination without accompanying it, allowing another individual to collect it at the arrival airport. This method is commonly used in drug trafficking and other illicit operations. The revelation of such activities raises concerns about airport security and the ease with which criminals can exploit the system.
Passengers at the airport expressed their unease about this security loophole. Jennifer Larson, a traveler, voiced her apprehension about unchecked luggage being transported alongside personal belongings in remarks to WSMV.
She advocated for stricter regulations, stating, “If you are not on the plane, your bag shouldn’t be on the plane.” Another passenger, Tracey Prue, acknowledged the vulnerability of the baggage claim system to criminal manipulation, advising fellow travelers to remain vigilant about their luggage and report any suspicious unattended bags.
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