Skip to comments.Feds: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme
Posted on 04/25/2012 4:34:16 PM PDT by Steelfish
Feds: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme By JASON RYAN and LEE FERRAN | ABC News
Multiple airport screeners have been arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles International Airport, federal officials announced today.
Two current and two former officials at the Transportation Security Administration were arrested in the last 48 hours in connection with at least five incidents from February 2011 to July 2011 in which on duty screeners took payments of up to $2,400 to allow suitcases filled with drugs to pass unimpeded through X-ray machines at LAX, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.'s office said in a statement.
According to Birotte's office, the scheme was uncovered after a member of the alleged conspiracy accidentally went through the wrong security line and was busted by TSA screeners who were not in on the plot. In another case, a TSA screener unknowingly arranged with a confidential source for the Drug Enforcement Administration to receive $1,200 for a shipment of methamphetamine to pass through security.
The current TSA employees, 23-year-old John Whitfield and 25-year-old Capeline McKinney, and the former screeners, 30-year-old Naral Richardson and 27-year-old Joy White, are all expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles today. If convicted, each could potentially face life in prison, Birotte's office said. The plot also allegedly involved a couple of known drug runners.
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Ban the TSA. We don’t need them, we don’t want them.
Is someone keeping track of the crimes committed by TSA agents? There should be a website logging all this. They really seem to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to hiring.
Ha. Just you watch. If the Libs win the next election the TSA is going to become MORE powerful, MORE political and will find it’s way into every part of the transportation infrastructure.
Eventually, it will be more militarized, form companies, squads and battalions, and viola — the new Civilian Homeland Defense Corps will be born. Probably get some snappy new uniforms along the way.
Not under DOD, answering solely to the Justice Department and the President, etc., etc., etc...
The precedents are depressingly familiar.
Funny thing is, this "con-gressman" voted for continued appropriations for TSA. I guess he doesn't like being one of the "little people".
Richardson, the ring leader.
Naral’s screen name is “so hood”, whatever that is supposed to mean.
The other day (Saturday) there was an arrest of two TSA employees at La Guardia airport for pretty much the same thing. I found out about it because my friend is a Port Authority cop who works there. Not a word on the news or in the papers.
Wonder how much a person has to pay a pedophile or child rapist DHS screener NOT to feel up their 5 year old son or daughter? Or, NOT stealing a 4 year old boys’ worn underwear from the luggage?