Tuesday, September 13, 2011
TSA officers arrested on drug charges in Conn.
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, along with two law enforcement officers, were arrested for conspiring to ship tens of thousands of oxycodone pills from Florida to New York and Connecticut, officials said Tuesday.
The TSA agents, based at airports in Florida and New York, as well as a Westchester County police officer and a Florida state trooper allegedly received cash payments to help transport the highly addictive painkillers, The Hartford Courant reported.
Some of the officers also allegedly helped ship the profits from the illicit drug sales back to Florida, the paper reported, citing federal prosecutors in Connecticut.
The TSA said in a statement obtained by FOX News Channel that it "holds its security officers to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero-tolerance policy for criminal activity in the workplace."
It added, "The actions of a few individuals in no way reflect on the outstanding job our more than 50,000 security officers do every day to ensure the security of the traveling public."
Further details about the scheme were expected to be released at an afternoon press conference in Stamford, Conn.