Two current and two former Los Angeles International Airport screeners with the Transportation Security Administration were arrested and charged with taking bribes to look the other way while drug shipments passed through x-ray machines, federal officials announced on Wednesday.
The four were indicted on Sunday along with three alleged drug runners, who prosecutors said brought cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana through the airport checkpoints.
The payments that were allegedly made were $2,400 or less, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
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