Four current and former Transportation Security Administration screeners have been arrested and face charges of taking bribes and looking the other way while suitcases filled with cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana passed through X-ray machines at Los Angeles International Airport. The TSA screeners allegedly received up to $2,400 in cash bribes in exchange for allowing large drug shipments to pass through checkpoints.
The 40-page federal indictment outlines five alleged smuggling incidents over a six-month period last year. In one incident, a screener schemed to allow for about eight pounds of methamphetamine to pass through security, then went to an airport restroom where he was handed $600, the second half of the payment for that delivery.
If convicted, the TSA agents face anywhere from 10 years to life in Federal Prison.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with drug trafficking, bribery, or any type of
federal crime, it is essential to contact a
Los Angeles criminal attorney who knows the law and can aggressively fight for your future.