Jules Paul Bouloute, a Haitian fleeing the devasated island, threw JFK into chaos Saturday after he waltzed through two sets of restricted-access doors. The airport evacuated thousands of travelers and grounded all flights out of Terminal 8.
Investigators are somewhat skeptical of Bouloute’s claim, but they are convinced he did not have any malicious intent, sources said.
“He may have just been looking for a shortcut,” said one source close to the investigation. “He was either careless or dumb, but wasn’t up to anything.”
Bouloute has been charged with criminal trespass.
Elsewhere in anti-terrorism efforts, U.S. attorney Preet Bharara has announced that he will merge his office’s terrorism and international narcotics units, reports The Times. Bharara says he believes that drug trafficking increasingly finances Islamic extremist groups.
Of course, the issue is complex.
“It’s wrong to think that you’re going to find Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri driving a jingle truck full of dope down the Kandahar highway,” said Gretchen Peters, author of Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Meanwhile, Dominic Carter has spent the weekend in jail. His lawyer, Martin Gotkin, botched an attempt to temporarily free Carter by failing to complete the necessary paperwork. According to the Daily News:
When the judge asked for paperwork, Gotkin said they didn’t have time to prepare it, so Judge William Nelson sent them packing.
“I want to see it in writing,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t have to be 17,000 pages, but I have to see something.”
Gotkin then cited Carter’s health problems, a strategy that proved similarly unsuccessful.