ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned there has been a new arrest in a smuggling case involving guns found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and now two Delta Airlines employees have lost their jobs over the case.
A Delta Air Lines spokesperson confirmed that Abdoul Diallo was terminated by Delta Airlines around the time of his arrest.
According to court documents, a special agent with the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Oct. 11, 2021, “firearms were recovered concealed within two karaoke boxes, and further concealed within two pieces of checked luggage destined to Saint Martin at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The ticketed passenger who checked the luggage was Kenan L’homme.”
The document indicates L’homme was arrested and documents show investigators seized nine handguns and two AR-15 parts.
A well-placed source told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne that at the time of his arrest, L’homme was attempting to travel to St. Martin with a Delta employee who is a female relative.
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A Delta representative confirmed to Winne on Monday that the female relative has also been terminated.
In the court documents, the agent said according to ATF records, Diallo purchased nine of the firearms that L’homme attempted to bring to St. Martin from two separate firearms licensees at the RK Hun Show in Marietta on the weekend of Oct. 2.
“Messages were located between L’homme and Diallo which stated that Diallo was to be paid $2,200.00 for purchasing the firearms for L’homme. Additionally, L’homme stated he was taking all the risk by exporting the firearms and then reselling them and that Diallo had nothing to worry about,” court documents said.
A Delta statement said, “Delta is aware of the incident and we’re cooperating with law enforcement and TSA officials.”
Eric Bernstein, Diallo’s attorney, told Winne that he had no comment at this time.
Diallo was given an unsecured $10,000 bond with an ankle monitor plus standard conditions.
Winne attempted to reach attorneys for L’homme for a response to this story, but so far he has not heard back from them.
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