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Pearson International Airport workers linked to organized crime are stealing baggage tags from unsuspecting travelers to use in smuggling bags laden with drugs into the country. Some airport security staff allege more drugs are being smuggled by corrupt airport workers than by travelers arriving on flights. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report from several years ago found 58 criminal gangs operating at Canada’s largest airports. Drug officers said the corrupt workers usually steal the name and address tags from the luggage of innocent travelers. Smugglers then attach them to drug-filled bags being snuck into the country. Bags with name tags are put aside for their owners to claim, which creates opportunities for smugglers to receive instructions by foreign drug lords on what color or label bag must be picked up. Tagged bags that are intercepted by officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) often victimize innocent travelers since their names and addresses are attached.

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