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Four current and former security screeners at Los Angeles international airport have been arrested and charged with drug-trafficking and bribery.
The four accepted cash to allow large shipments of coc aine, methamphetamine and marijuana through X-ray machines, the US justice department said.
The charges allege 22 separate payments of up to $2,400 (£1,500) allowed drug-runners to bypass airport security.
A prosecutor said they "placed greed above the nation's security needs".
"The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system," Andre Birotte said.
"Airport screeners act as a vital checkpoint for homeland security, and air travellers should believe in the fundamental integrity of security systems at our nation's airports."
they "placed greed above the nation's security needs".