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Bronx Bus Driver Accused In Drug Smuggling Case

Commuters board MTA bus. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Commuters board MTA bus. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City transit worker is accused of picking up more than just passengers on his route along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

Federal agents might have dubbed it the “magic bus,” but court papers said it was the Bx2, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.

Francis Abankwa, a bus driver for the past eight years, is accused of following through on a pre-arranged meeting with a man who had just been caught hours earlier with a suitcase full of heroin.

That man had been stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport after getting off of a plane from Tanzania.

The man allegedly hid a baggage claim ticket in his sock for a red Samsonite roller he did not pick up.

The suspect then cooperated with federal agents. He waited for Abankwa’s bus at a stop on East Tremont Avenue.

Abankwa had the red Samsonite suitcase with him when he was placed under arrest, Papa reported.

Both men have been charged in connection with the case.

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