AirTran employee charged with smuggling attempt [ATL]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And as we keep saying here -- if terrorists ever strike American commercial aviation again, it will be through the back doors via crooked employees. All employees should go through screening just like everyone else.

    Atlanta Journal Constitution: Airline employee charged with smuggling attempt

    According to federal prosecutors, authorities learned that Rasondo Maurice Norris, of Stone Mountain, was acting as a mule, carrying contraband into the airport by bypassing security lines.

    An undercover U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agent approached Norris, 29, and offered him upwards on $600 to ferry unauthorized materials around TSA agents checking carry-0n and personal baggage of passengers going to flight gates, authorities said.

    First, Norris was presented with what he believed to be a backpack filed with five kilograms of cocaine, court officials said. A second time, the undercover agent paid Norris to ferry what represented $500,000 in drug money past security.

    On the final occasion, Norris was given a bag containing what he believed to be a sub-machine gun along with an ammunition magazine and a silencer. After bypassing security each time, he was paid between $600 to $800 by agents each time.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'm not sure what is the point of having him smuggle $500K? It's business/financial institution give it him or receiving it from him must report the transaction to the IRS. It's perfectly legal to walk around with $500K in your pocket. Dumb, but legal.
  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Looks like this was a bit of a setup to get a "catch" on an obviously stupid airport worker. Not that the perp shouldn't do time for this, but there a a lot of less than bright airport workers who can bypass security and be bought off for a fairly small sum. These are low earners and $500 is a lot of money to them.

    This just underscores the folly of TSA's exceptions list. What will TSA say if one of the "protected class" ends up smuggling a bomb onto a plane full of passengers who got the grope?
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  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    They "learned he was working as a mule." How, I wonder. These month-long multiple agency sting operations aren't cheap.

    Why are low-rent airport employees afforded the benefit of needing probable cause for search, unlike the rest of us?
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Probably cause is require anywhere other than at an established checkpoint. Despite their signs to the contrary, a smurf can't just walk up to you in the concourse and demand to search you or your bags.

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