A voodoo-practicing, drug-smuggling baggage handler will spend life in prison as a federal judge hit him with three life sentences for turning American Airlines into his own ‘personal narcotics shuttle service.’

Former American Airlines baggage handler Victor Bourne, 37, was found guilty last year of charges he used his access at John F. Kennedy International Airport to smuggle more than 330 pounds of cocaine from 2000 to 2009.

Victor Bourne

Bourne’s mom, Maria Alleyne, 52, stayed outside the courtroom, waiting in a vestible as the sentence was announced.

Alleyne had traveled to Africa before the trial began and and hired a witch doctor to put a curse on the prosecutors, according to court documents.

‘You personally exacerbated one of the nation’s greatest blights,’ U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said at the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn.

Bourne insisted investigators used ‘false evidence’ to frame him.

‘How can I accept responsibility for something that I don’t have nothing to do with? the Barbados native asked.

The sentencing capped a federal investigation that has resulted in the convictions of 20 people — 19 of them airlines employees — the seizure of large amounts of cocaine and the forfeiture of $6.9 million.

As leader of the crew, Bourne made millions of dollars that he laundered through business ventures in Brooklyn and Barbados, authorities said.

Bourne ‘turned American Airlines into his personal narcotics shuttle service, running a criminal organization that ignored passenger safety and security in pursuit of a greater goal — enriching Victor Bourne,’ U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Prosecutors built much of their case against Bourne based on the testimony of six former employees of Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines who pleaded guilty to narcotics trafficking.

The jury heard evidence that Bourne bribed crew chiefs to assign his gang of corrupt baggage handlers to flights from the Caribbean.

The cooperators testified he also paid them tens of thousands of dollars each to ‘pull drugs’ hidden in the planes — and to keep quiet about it.

One witness described one instance when Bourne carried two duffel bags into a cargo hold so he could retrieve drugs off an American Airlines jet arriving from Barbados.

After removing a panel covering the wing assembly — containing ‘some of the plane’s avionics and other vital equipment’ — Bourne ‘proceeded to remove conservatively over 60 bricks of cocaine,’ prosecutors said in court papers.

Another witness testified that Bourne accused him of stealing cocaine and warned he would ‘kill me, my family and kids’ if it wasn’t returned.

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  • Puggg

    No sweat.  He’s an expert in voodoo.  I’m sure there’s some spell for cracking locks open.

  • Esmithton91

    why was he living in America?

  • Jed Sant Devi

    Voodoo Again, Very Diverse.

    A secret shock video of the SPLC Teaching Tolerance Mix It Up Day was leaked online-


    • Puggg

      Fast forward to 1:28.  Michael Phelps…be very worried.

      • IstvanIN

         They are indeed strange.

  • Major

    “Bourne’s mom, Maria Alleyne, 52…..”
    Ummm…let me do the math here…he’s 37…and ‘mom” is 52? So…mom then is like the other 72% of our natives…had this gift to humanity when she was 15? I’m convinced…it’s in their defective DNA. Guess with them it doesn’t matter if he’s from Barbados or Newark, does it?

  • Tom_in_Miami

    There’s a lot of wisdom and heavy juju in those folkways.

  • Gereng

    From experiences in Belize and Africa I can attest to the fact that MOST, if not all blacks still believe in Obiah (Belize version) or Voodoo. I was constantly dealing with its impact on employees and projects. There is virtually nothing so far fetched and  crazy  in the line of superstition that the average black is unwilling to believe.  I knew quite well, Africans educated in the US who believed absolutely in voodoo magic and curses. I have known of cases in Liberia where healthy people have keeled over dead from nothing more than hearing some person had had a death curse placed on them.  This is God’s truth.

    In the early 1970s in Belize City there was a well known character about town whose job was delivering grocieries from a super market to customer’s houses on a three wheel bike.  He wore over his head a canvas bag with eye holes and on top of that a galvanized bucket and on his hands and forearms gloves with long cloth sleeves attached.   He had been cursed by a witch doctor with a curse that he would die if sunlight ever touched his skin. He lived like that for at least 20 yrs. Finally some family member persuaded him to find Jesus and then, there in some tiny church a preacher formally removed the curse through Jesus. The fellow took off his outfit and nothing happened!! All it proved to the Bucket Man as he was called, was that Jesus juju was more powerful than that of the witch doctor.