Today, a TSA Officer entered a guilty plea in a drug smuggling conspiracy involving prescription painkillers. The Wall Street Journal reports
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A former Transportation Security Administration officer pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of accepting cash in exchange for allowing illegal prescription painkillers to pass through airport security without detection.
Christopher Allen, 46, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., pleaded guilty to extortion and receipt of a bribe, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Authorities say Allen accepted cash from a trafficker to ensure that the trafficker would not be stopped by TSA officers as he carried oxycodone pills through airport security on his way to Connecticut. He was one of 20 people arrested last year after an investigation by a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.
Think about it. If these TSA Officers will take money to pass pills through checkpoints, they’ll certainly take money to pass bombs and guns through checkpoints. Each TSA Officer–instead of adding to our Nation’s security–is actually a weak link. A hole.
Fewer TSA Officers would result in a safer America.
Fortunately for the traveling public, this guy may get off with more than the slap-on-the-wrist that iPad stealers get. The WSJ continues:
Allen, who is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5, faces up to 20 years in prison on the extortion count and up to 15 years on the bribe count.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on any sentencing news.