Tuesday, February 14, 2017
TSA Officers Charged in Scheme to Smuggle 20 Tons of Cocaine Through Airport
The Department of Justice on Monday announced the indictment of six current and former TSA Officers in Puerto Rico, along with another half dozen other individuals, on charges related to a scheme to smuggle more than 20 tons of cocaine through airports over nearly 20-years.
According to a DOJ press release, the defendants were part of a scheme that helped transport more than 20 tons of cocaine though the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from 1998 through 2016. The defendants are accused of allowing “drug mules” to check suitcases containing between 8 – 15 kilograms of cocaine through security gates in order to transport the cocaine.
The current and former TSA defendants (“TSA defendants”) are accused of smuggling multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine while acting as TSA Officers employed at the San Juan airport. Their duties called from them to conduct security and baggage screenings on outbound flights leaving the airport. They are accused of pushing the luggage through the security screenings and onto outbound flights without detection, despite knowing they contained multiple kilograms of cocaine.