Authorities Probe Drug Trafficking Scheme Involving Delta, TSA Workers

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities are probing a drug trafficking scheme involving Delta Airlines and Transportation Security Administration workers in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

John Tai of Carson is among several arrested for allegedly having drugs and cash flown to and from California and Hawaii.

Investigators say TSA or Delta Airlines employees would find a checked bag after it had been screened and put drugs or cash inside.

A passenger would then pick it up at baggage claim like any other bag.

A federal investigation has already found that hundreds of thousands of pounds of methamphetamine was smuggled between the two states over the past two years.

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  • bob

    Good thing, I live in Hawaii and Meth is the biggest problem we have. while Pot use is popular but it doesn’t seem to lead to all the violence and theft that ICE (Meth) does

    • Kapahulu Boy

      Agreed, batu is the scourge of the islands…I guess when they clamped down on weed, meth filled the vaccuum. Sad but true….Bring back the old days.

  • Wally's girl!

    Scary for unsuspecting passengers

  • john

    looks like the tsa is really on the job

  • jkl

    Who’s watching the watchmen? What screening methods are used when hiring these TSA agents? Why bother having any TSA screening if this is what is happening?

  • fisher1949

    Typical TSA dirtbags. There have been four TSA workers arrested this week, one from Dulles for pimping and two more for firing shots from their hotel room.

  • Brian Harrington

    now what happens to the passanger now we know that drugs and other illegal stuff could be in planted in your checked baggae me i got smart i chek my bag at the gare and have key less locks in the interm future I will mail my clothes to and from the point of orgin no susupicon there I had key less locks when I went to the philippines to bangkok since I had a 14 layovber in the pI i took no chance and not my bag was not molested in any form if I found my bag torn I won’t claim it I also put a different addy as to wear am going to stay so no one can find me

    • jkl

      In the future, please use correct spelling, and proper English so everyone can understand your comments.

  • Robert S.

    Lots of this going on at the major airports across the country. Bag carts full of “Mary Jane” comeing in and lots of guns going out!

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