Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TSA screeners allegedly let drug-filled luggage through LAX for cash


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, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

The TSA screeners, who were arrested Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, allegedly received up to $2,400 in cash bribes in exchange for allowing large drug shipments to pass through checkpoints in what the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles called a “significant breakdown” of security.

In addition to the two current and two former screeners, prosecutors also indicted two alleged drug couriers and a third who allegedly tried to smuggle 11 pounds of cocaine but was nabbed when he went through the wrong security checkpoint.

The TSA employees “placed greed above the nation’s security needs,” Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said in a statement.

The 40-page indictment outlines five alleged smuggling incidents over a six-month period last year. In one incident, screeners 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, according to prosecutors.


Briane Grey, acting special agent in charge of the DEA in Los Angeles, said the scheme was particularly reprehensible because it took place at LAX.

“The defendants traded on their positions at one the world’s most crucial airport security checkpoints, used their special access for criminal ends, and compromised the safety and security of their fellow citizens for their own profit,” he said in a statement.

The indicted screeners are Naral Richardson, 30, and Joy White, 27, who were both fired by TSA last year; and John Whitfield, 23, and Capeline McKinney, 25, both currently employed as screeners. All four have been taken into custody, and face up to life in prison if convicted.

The accused drug couriers are Duane Eleby, 28, who is expected to surrender, and Terry Cunningham and Stephen Bayliss, both 28, who are both at large.

The TSA’s security director at LAX said the agency was assisting with the investigation. “While these arrests are a disappointment, TSA is committed to holding our employees to the highest standards,” Randy Parsons said in a statement.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna guess that every screener was a nig.

Anonymous said...

But they're willing to dam near strip search you,maybe they should pay more attention to the bags .

Anonymous said...

How RACIST! of you! We all know this was the work of those damn rednecks again! Why, Whites and other humans are ALWAYS the burgalars in the alarm company commercials! Black are a noble 'race' of flying Egyptian pyramid builders and mudhut architects! I'd bet my bottom obama-buck there won't be a single brutha or sista implicated in this...oh, hell, who are we kidding! Isn't this how Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" got his start? =-)

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna guess that every screener was a nig.

When was the last time you saw whitey working a screening machine? TSA is the new post office job.

Anonymous said...

Stop hiring the black and brown man.

Anonymous said...

That one item looks like a
S & W .38 Police Positive Penis Pistol with a Flash Arrester attached.

Anonymous said...

I see they were "LAX" in doing their jobs lol

Anonymous said...

The TSA should be a real professional Police force like in ISRAEL.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/forget_the_porn_machines_NQAJ5DOzf187gdRQnLURlO

Anonymous said...

The nigger screeners love molesting White women everyday its their dream job!

Anonymous said...

The otherwise un - employable, given jobs by the Gov't.
Next time at the airport, take a good, critical look at the TSA personnel, they make Andy Frain look like SWAT.

Anonymous said...

TSA screeners are a step below an Andy Frain usher. What do you expect?

Anonymous said...

See if you can find the pleasure toy in the picture.

Anonymous said...

but they were going to turn their life around........ muh dick

I Voted For Obama said...

The TSA voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

Shaved I spotted the huge DILDO in that suitcase X-ray. Was that Huberman's luggage??

Anonymous said...

Exempt travel kit.

Anonymous said...

TSA took my star out of my shoe as it went through the screener and asked what is this? My response was WTF does it look like. They are useless. A bunch were fired from midway for taking peoples wallets.

Anonymous said...

Fucking group of traitorous, incompetent, thieving, jack-off, perverts. Thought something like this might happen. TSA agents for sale.

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