248: Jennifer Coffindaffer – 32 Razor Blades on an Airplane

Retired agent Jennifer Coffindaffer served in the FBI for 25 years. During her career, she specialized in gang, narcotics, organized crime, Title-III electronic surveillance and counterintelligence investigations.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jennifer reviews a case she worked in 2003 when assigned as the Senior Resident Agent at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

She arrested Fazal Karim, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, for trying to board a flight with 32 razor blades concealed in his carry-on luggage.

He had flown into the US from Dubai and Paris earlier that day and, after arriving in Dallas, was attempting to travel on to Houston. They believed he was trying to evade and test airport security. After a five-day trial, Karim was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

Jennifer worked primarily violent crime matters. Her investigative efforts resulted in the disruption of the Crips criminal street gang in Fort Worth, Texas, and the dismantlement of a Medellin Cartel Cell responsible for distributing thousands of kilos of cocaine throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. In addition, she worked multiple undercover assignments and managed and conducted numerous covert counterintelligence investigations in the nuclear counter-proliferation arena.

A tactical operator on the FBI’s Houston, Dallas and San Juan’s SWAT Teams, Jennifer is an accomplished and certified FBI, Police, Tactical and Firearms Instructor and Tactical EMT who provides firearms and tactics instruction.

Specifically, she has taught handgun and shoulder weapon techniques, marksmanship and defensive tactics to hundreds of federal agents, state and local law enforcement officers and civilians over the last 30 years.

Jennifer has testified on more than two hundred occasions before Federal grand juries, at identity, probable cause, detention, suppression and sentencing hearings, and at trials on topics ranging from federal gang criminal violations and white-collar crime record analysis to criminal informant investigative involvement.

Special Agent (Retired)

Jennifer Coffindaffer

11/18/90 – Jan 2016









“These were actual straight-edge razor blades that one could hold in their hand and use to slit someone’s throat or otherwise use as a weapon.”—Retired Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer

With her extensive qualifications, Jennifer serves as a keynote speaker and law enforcement expert.

An accomplished public speaker, the FBI selected her to lecture throughout the United States and Canada about terrorism, aviation security, gang investigations and conspiracy/sports betting. Jennifer has consulted on television projects for News Nation, FOX News, CBS, NBC, and Imagine Entertainment, she has been featured as a self-defense expert for Action News Jax and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and her career in the FBI has been highlighted in Glamour Magazine. She works for the NFL, is a Nationally Registered EMT and is a recipient of numerous awards from the FBI, Department of Justice and the CIA.

She works for Eagle Security Group, where she provides case consultation, investigative support, litigation support and expert witness testimony in the areas of: Use of Force; Firearms Training; Tactical Training (specifically, self-defense both with and without firearms); Active Shooter Training; Gang and Narcotics Investigations; and Nuclear Counter-proliferation.

She also founded and serves as CEO and instructor for Firearms Beyond International whose mission is to teach self-defense, marksmanship, tactical use of force, active shooter self-defense and terrorism awareness to civilians.

Jennifer can be contacted via Twitter at @CoffindafferFBI

The following are news articles about Fazal Karim’s attempt to travel on a plane with 32 razor blades hidden in his carry-on luggage:

My Plainview – 5/22/2003: Pakistani national convicted of concealed weapons charges

New York Times –  4/14/2004: National Briefing-Southwest: Texas: Man Sentenced For Razor Blades In Carry-On

CBS News – 4/13/2004: Man Gets 5 Years For Hidden Razors

CAIR Website: TX Muslim gets 5 years for blades in carry-on

Listen to more FBI Retired Case File Review terrorism cases here.

Jennifer teaches self-defense. Watch her on News Nation as she demonstrates how to break free from an attacker.










Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. Elaine HazenAugust 20, 2022

    (248) What happens after the sentence is served? Does an agent escort him to the airport and put him on a plane back to Canada?

    1. Jerri WilliamsAugust 20, 2022

      Yes. Most likely, he will be deported after his sentence is served.


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