This week, another TSA Officer, along with Millage Peaks–the son of a former L.A. city fire chief–plead guilty to conspiracy charges related to their drug smuggling operation.
Millage Peaks IV, 24, of Los Angeles; Randy Littlefield, 29, of Paramount; and Dianna Perez, 28, of Inglewood, face a maximum of five years in federal prison, prosecutors said.
According to documents filed in federal court Tuesday, Peaks — the son of ex-fire chief Millage Peaks III, who retired last year — initiated the scheme by offering to pay Perez, then a Transportation Security Administration employee, about $500 for passing a bag of marijuana through Los Angeles International Airport security in November 2010.Perez helped Peaks and two other couriers pass drug-laden bags through airport security nine times in a span of about a year, the plea agreements read. She offered tips on how to pack the marijuana so it wouldn’t trigger alarms, the documents said, and personally “checked” any bags that did trigger alarms before clearing them.[...]Perez and Peaks were arrested in October 2011 after a baggage handler smelled marijuana in the luggage and alerted authorities, who found 14 pounds of marijuana inside.
Perez was fired from her TSA job in October; Littlefield resigned the same month.
Two other men who carried drugs through security — Charles Hicks, 24, of Culver City, and Andrew Welter, 25, of Fontana — have also agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy for their roles in the scheme, according to documents filed in federal district court. They also face up to five years in prison.
Read the whole story in the LA Times.
And what kind of name is ‘Millage’? Here’s a photo of Mr. Peaks IV at a 2009 press conference when his father was named LA Fire Chief: