TSA screeners charged in LA drug trafficking probe
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two former and two current Transportation Security Administration employees have been arrested and indicted on drug conspiracy charges for allegedly allowing large amounts of cocaine and other drugs to pass through security screening at Los Angeles International Airport last year.
Seven people face drug-related charges in a 22-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court. Other charges include paying and receiving bribes by a government official.
The indictment says 30-year-old Naral Richardson orchestrated five incidents where TSA screeners agreed to waive narcotics through security checkpoints. In exchange, some of the screeners were paid for their involvement.
Randy Parsons, TSA's security director at LAX, says the agency is disappointed about the arrests but it's committed to holding its employees to the highest standards.