How TSA Officers were Arrested for Assisting in Drug Trafficking
When police officers and other law enforcement personnel abuse their authority to make a profit, it will usually end up in headlines. This particular case busted TSA Agents and a Florida Trooper accused of assisting drug traffickers in their efforts to peddle prescription pain pills across the country. Prescription pain pill trafficking seem to be one of the hottest topics in the crime world recently.
Drug Trafficking TSA Agents
Three Transportation Security Administration officers and two other law enforcement officers were arrested, according to WTPV News. They face charges of accepting cash or gift cards in exchange for permitting prescription drug dealers to move tens of thousands of highly addictive prescription drugs such as Oxycodone through airports and across highways.
The TSA officers were based at airports in Florida and New York. The Florida state trooper accepted cash and checks from dealers so dealers could transport the drugs and cash through the state without issue.
Steven W. Derr, special agent in charge of the DEA for New England stated:
“…The law enforcement officers are alleged to have sold their badges and abused their authority to further the illegal activities of the organization,”
The TSA officers, Christopher Allen, 45, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; John Best, 30, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Brigitte Jones, 48, of the Bronx, N.Y., were charged with conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone. The New York police officer, Michael Brady, 36, and the Florida trooper, Justin Kolves, 28, face the same charges, according to WTPV News.
The five, who were among 20 people arrested in connection with the alleged scheme, face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Oxycodone Trafficking Criminal Defense
Oxycodone and other prescription drugs are flooding the trafficking market. Not only are doctors and people from other highly esteemed professions participating in the underground drug wave, but TSA officers and law enforcement officers are also contributing to the mass distribution of prescription drugs. A criminal defense lawyer is the first person you should call if you are accused of possessing or trafficking oxycodone or other prescription pills. Statewide crackdowns are happening even more regularly in an attempt to curb the level of prescription drug trafficking. Have a criminal defense lawyer’s number ready because you will most certainly need it if you are accused of this very serious crime.