Man tries to clear name after drug smuggling investigation

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:


ATLANTA - A former Delta Airlines employee caught up in a drug smuggling investigation wants his name cleared. The man was never arrested or charged with any crime.

Franklyn Rosso told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh that he worked as a Delta baggage handler for 15 years.

Rosso was questioned in connection to a drug bust, and in the process he lost his security clearance and his job. Twenty-one months later, he maintains his innocence.

"You had no idea what they were involved in?" Kavanaugh asked Rosso.

"No," Rosso said.

"You had no idea what was in that luggage? That the luggage was coming?" Kavanaugh asked Rosso.

"No, no, 100 percent no," Rosso said.

The former Delta baggage handler was questioned in connection to a drug smuggling scheme involving his coworkers.

"They will tell me in the interview I will (lose) my family, I will (lose) my house and I will lose everything," Rosso told Kavanaugh.

In January 2012, 18 pounds of methamphetamine arrived at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport inside luggage flown from Mexico.

Days later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents approached Rosso as he returned from a 3-day trip to his native Dominican Republic.

"Since that day, they confiscated my ID," Rosso said.

Kavanaugh confirmed another agency, Customs and Border Protection, confiscated that ID, his security seal. The seal granted him access to secure areas of the airport. Without it he cannot work.

"All my life went thrown in the garbage just like that," Rosso said.

To date, Rosso has never been arrested or charged with any crime. He said he has written letters and called the federal agencies, desperate to clear his name.

"I want my job back. I want people to know I don't have anything to do with that. I want this country to know we got an honest man over here," Rosso said.

Rosso said he worked hard his whole life to support his family and build a reputation.

"I like this country. I started from the bottom and I will start from the bottom again," Rosso said.

Customs and Border Protection told Kavanaugh currently the status of Rosso's security is under review.

A representative for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Kavanaugh people have to meet a very high threshold to be granted that security seal and the situations are not always black and white.

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