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CRIME Four TSA creeps indicted for allowing narcotics shipments to pass LAX Security
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  1. #1
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    2 Four TSA creeps indicted for allowing narcotics shipments to pass LAX Security

    There are pictures at the link. I don't want to dirty up my computer saving them.


    April 25, 2012

    TSA Screeners Indicted For Allowing Narcotics Shipments To Pass Through LAX Security Checkpoints


    Two current and two former Transportation Security Administration screeners were named today in a federal indictment accusing them of taking bribes to allow large drug shipments to pass through X-ray machines and security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport.

    The four defendants, prosecutors allege, conspired to let suitcases stuffed with multi-kilo amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine get past TSA checkpoints on five occasions last year.

    The quartet (and three codefendants) were nabbed as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that relied on a confidential source who dealt directly with the probe’s targets.

    The two current TSA employees charged are John Whitfield, 23, and Capeline McKinney, 25. The former TSA employees named in the 22-count indictment are 27-year-old Joy White, who was terminated last year, and Naral “YS” Richardson, 30, who was terminated in 2010.

    According to investigators, Richardson was the operation’s ringleader and paymaster, and would arrange for Whitfield, McKinney, and White to allow drug shipments to pass through checkpoints, though a check of their monitors would reveal “narcotics inside the bags or suitcases.”

    Since the four TSA figures are in custody, they have not been able to scrub their respective Facebook pages (here are photos of White and McKinney).

    Richardson’s Facebook page includes a photo of him throwing a sign, displaying a gaudy “YS” pendant (see left), and counting money (complete with the caption “I TOLD U ITS NOT AH GAME”). Also, as seen above, he included a shot of some favorite baseball caps, his diamond-studded pendant, and five rolls of cash held together with rubber bands.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/...uggling-849370
    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    When you hire the dregs of society, you can expect them to behave like the dregs of society. You'd think the guys in charge would have figured that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duchess47 View Post
    When you hire the dregs of society, you can expect them to behave like the dregs of society. You'd think the guys in charge would have figured that out.
    They can't. They're also dregs.

    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzkitty View Post
    They can't. They're also dregs.

    LMAO
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    I don't understand this report - TSA does not look for narcotics and they are not commissioned to look for them and therefore cannot be held accountable for anything except what they are certified to look for. I could believe this if these guys were transporting drugs through the checkpoints themselves with their free access but this report is false as far as what it is saying. Possibly they convinced some stupid person to pay them for something that the guy didn't need - I don't think this report is accurate. I fly a lot for my job - most screeners here are retired military and they are good friendly folks - In some of the big airports there are young folks with no work ethic that are rude and full of themselves. I like to stop at the checkpoint Sups desk to compliment, complain or just tell them about what I saw happening around me. I want to be able to keep flying - it is my job requirement to travel. I know what is in my carry on and if it is something that has raised flags (like my e-cig) - I just pull it out and place it in a bin before it goes through the X-ray. I have never been detained other than some random additional screening but I've seen some rude behavior from both TSA people who seem to not care about anyone or anything and I've seen more idiot passengers who have had too much to drink or think that they are entitled with their priority access, money or status and they challenge the Feds by saying or doing something stupid. I'm glad those people are funneling themselves out at the checkpoint - don't want to sit by them. It looks to me like most of the TSA is becoming about 60% ex-military/law enforcement retired people with 40% young folks who think they are running a prison camp. That is better than it used to be.
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    It's real, Sal:

    April 25, 2012

    TSA screeners charged in LA drug trafficking probe


    Greg Risling Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Two former and two current Transportation Security Administration employees have been arrested on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges for allowing large amounts of cocaine and other drugs to pass through X-ray machines at security checkpoints in exchange for cash, authorities said.

    A 22-count indictment unsealed Wednesday outlined five incidents where the employees took payments of up to $2,400 to provide drug couriers unfettered access at Los Angeles International Airport over a six-month period last year.

    "The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system through the conduct of individuals who placed greed above the nation's security needs," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.

    Among those arrested and charged are Naral Richardson, 30, of Los Angeles, who was fired by TSA in 2010 and accused of orchestrating the scheme; John Whitfield, 23, of Los Angeles, a current TSA screener; Joy White, 27, of Compton, who was terminated last year; and Capeline McKinney, 25, of Los Angeles, also a current screener.

    It wasn't immediately known if any of the four had retained attorneys.

    Authorities became aware of the smuggling scheme last February when Richardson, who began working at TSA in 2002 and White, who was hired six years ago, arranged for co-defendant Duane Eleby, a suspected drug courier, to pass a large amount of cocaine through security screening at LAX.

    But Eleby failed to follow instructions provided by White and was arrested after he went to the wrong terminal and another TSA screener found the cocaine, prosecutors said.

    Federal agents then set up a sting where informants were able to pass cocaine and methamphetamine through security checkpoints without further inspection. In one case, after nearly four kilograms of meth went through an X-ray machine, Whitfield and an operative met in an airport bathroom where Whitfield was paid $600 for his efforts, court documents show.

    In another instance, McKinney let more than 20 kilograms of cocaine to pass through her security checkpoint, authorities said.

    Randy Parsons, TSA's security director at LAX, said the agency is disappointed about the arrests but that it remained committed to holding its employees to the highest standards.

    If convicted, all four employees face a minimum of 10 years in federal prison. Whitfield, who has worked at TSA since 2008, and McKinney, a seven-year veteran, are under suspension, authorities said.

    There have been a handful of other arrests of TSA employees since the agency was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Last week, former TSA officer Jonathan Best pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone for his role in a painkiller trafficking ring. Another former TSA officer, a former New York police officer and a former Florida state trooper have already pleaded guilty.

    http://tribune-democrat.com/latestne...fficking-probe
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    But, but....... During the same time they cavity searched 8 little old ladies and patted down and molested at least a dozen kids.
    Who says they don't work? /sarc
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    These people must have been taking this stuff through checkpoints themselves to be indicted on this - glad they were caught
    - WOW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucson Sal View Post
    I don't understand this report - TSA does not look for narcotics and they are not commissioned to look for them and therefore cannot be held accountable for anything except what they are certified to look for. I could believe this if these guys were transporting drugs through the checkpoints themselves with their free access but this report is false as far as what it is saying. Possibly they convinced some stupid person to pay them for something that the guy didn't need - I don't think this report is accurate. I fly a lot for my job - most screeners here are retired military and they are good friendly folks - In some of the big airports there are young folks with no work ethic that are rude and full of themselves. I like to stop at the checkpoint Sups desk to compliment, complain or just tell them about what I saw happening around me. I want to be able to keep flying - it is my job requirement to travel. I know what is in my carry on and if it is something that has raised flags (like my e-cig) - I just pull it out and place it in a bin before it goes through the X-ray. I have never been detained other than some random additional screening but I've seen some rude behavior from both TSA people who seem to not care about anyone or anything and I've seen more idiot passengers who have had too much to drink or think that they are entitled with their priority access, money or status and they challenge the Feds by saying or doing something stupid. I'm glad those people are funneling themselves out at the checkpoint - don't want to sit by them. It looks to me like most of the TSA is becoming about 60% ex-military/law enforcement retired people with 40% young folks who think they are running a prison camp. That is better than it used to be.
    Lets look at you're post, the only ones that get the grope and cope, are ones that challenge TSA? Then lets throw 60% military in there for fun. The underlined statement above says it all.
    I remember reading an article several months ago about TSA and some highway patrol officers shuttling drugs, they flew them in thru specific check thrus, at which point the hwy prtl officers ESCORTED drug dealers/ thousands of ecstasy pills northward.

    Not long ago, some 90 year old lady having her incontinance diaper removed??
    Or the lady that had the gun shape on her belt buckle and refused passage
    Or the lady that was groped and was so humiliated she stood there trembling?
    Or that little 4 year old terroristist that slipped her grandma a gun recently??
    Or the one that was running prostitutes
    Or the one that was arrested for throwing coffee in a mans face, who later turned out to be a fed Marshall, oops
    Or the ones (several) busted for stealing from luggage
    I could go on and on, but I think you get the guist
    Seriously, when I see posts like that one, little red flags fly.

    ETA, what tipped the DEA off was, when a drugrunner went thru the WRONG line, the one without the compromised TSA personal. No, the TSA was only there to allow them to pass on thru as stated in the article.

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    WE really need watchdogs to watch the watchers.
    WE HAVE overwhelmingly. astronomically MORE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY among TSA and airport workers DAILY than any far-fetched, remote threat of "terrorists".

    The damned TSA and Homeland security cannot protect us from the UTTERLY IGNORANT, BRUTAL, SENSELESS, THUGS, THIEVES, DRUGGIES, PERVERTS AND CRIMINALS that they have hired to rob, rape, demoralize, humiliate and publicly shame us, HOW CAN THEY HOPE TO STOP A TERRORIST?

    How can they ridiculously propose to stop terrorism when they cannot even stop common thievery??
    We have been robbed of our rights, freedoms and possessions TO TO AVAIL, AND ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANCEMENT OF OUR TRAVELING SECURITY WHATSOEVER.

    They are a company of feckless criminals existing to enrich, empower and massage their own egos by offering an ENTIRELY IMAGINARY security blanket in trade for those rights, freedoms, and possessions.
    HERE IS A DECISION THAT COULD LEAVE YOU, AND YOUR LOVED ONES BOTH "Dead" (and) Wrong: IF YOU DECIDE "Better NO treatment, than Colloidal Silver treatment for Ebola!, you are most likely dead."

  11. #11
    The way this works is
    #1 you dehumanize people (check)
    #2 you actively strip them of rights (check)
    #3 you start arresting randomly to put the fear in people (check)
    #4 you make people disappear (?)

    These were used by Hitler to change public opinions and stifle public dissent, it's a tried and true method.

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