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Three TSA agents and at least two police officers have been arrested, accused of being involved in a massive oxycodone trafficking operation between Connecticut, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The TSA agents accepted gift cards or cash bribes and, in exchange, helped him travel through airport security with large amounts of cash and oxycodone pills.
Two of the TSA agents arrested in the investigation, Christopher Allen, 45, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and John Best, 30, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., worked at the West Palm Beach International Airport. Brigitte Jones, 48, of the Bronx, N.Y., worked at Westchester County Airport.
Jones allegedly told the trafficker how to smuggle a gun through airport security, and made sure other TSA agents would not discover his stash of painkillers. The trafficker gave Jones $300 to $600 in cash or gift cards each trip, the complaint states.
"`I'll say my friend's coming over and no matter what happens they're just going to let you go through,' " Jones allegedly told the trafficker, according to a recorded conversation detailed in the complaint.
At one point in late 2010 or early 2011, the trafficker was stopped at the airport with $100,000 on him, according to a federal criminal complaint; Brady then ordered other TSA officers to stop their investigation of the trafficker.