TSA Screeners Charged in Drug-Smuggling, Bribery Ring at LAX


A ring of corrupt TSA screeners who were taking bribes to allow narcotics through security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport was broken up when a drug courier went to the wrong terminal and was arrested after another screener found 10 pounds of cocaine in his belongings, reports the Associated Press. The discovery prompted an investigation that led to the arrests of two former and two current TSA employees on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges.

A 22-count indictment outlined five incidents where the TSA employees took payments of up to $2,400 to provide drug couriers unfettered access at LAX over a six-month period last year. In all, seven people are facing charges.

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