Charge: Flight diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul after passenger snorted cocaine, acted erratically

A New York man was arrested and charged with cocaine possession Thursday after snorting the drug and “acting erratically and causing a commotion” on a commercial flight, forcing the plane to be diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul, authorities said.

According to federal court documents, Jet Blue Airlines Flight 915 was en route from New York to San Francisco when it diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Witnesses reported that Mark Anthony Scerbo, 42, was walking up and down the aisle with a butter knife in his fist, snorting white powder. He had a bag of the powder on his tray, which a flight attendant retrieved and later delivered to police.

After landing, MSP Airport Police detained Scerbo and took custody of the powder, which field-tested positive for cocaine and weighed 24.5 grams.

If convicted on the cocaine possession charge, Scerbo faces a maximum of three years in prison and a minimum fine of $5,000. The FBI is investigating the case.

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