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Thursday, September 8, 2022

TSA Agent Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison on Narcotics Smuggling Charges

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

The former TSA Officer used his position to smuggle the illegal drugs past the TSA security checkpoint and delivered the drugs to the courier within the secure area of the airport terminal.

A federal judge last week sentenced a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer to 2 years and 3 months in federal prison for participating in a narcotics-trafficking conspiracy.

United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt on Thursday, September 1st sentenced ex-TSA Officer Ronald McCrea, 32, who pleaded guilty last year to two felony counts: conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

On April 1, 2021, the DEA LAX Narcotics Task Force (LAXNTF) arrested a McCrea and a courier, Daveon Baker, 33, at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) for attempting to smuggle 1 kilogram of fentanyl, 1 kilogram of cocaine, and 10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine on a commercial flight traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina. 

On June 4, 2021, Baker pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute & possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Baker is currently scheduled to be sentenced on November 3, 2022.

During this investigation, Deontae Donald Griffin, 31, was identified as the person who recruited the former TSA Officer to smuggle drugs at LAX. On October 1, 2021, Griffin was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. On October 22, 2021, Griffin was arrested in Downtown Los Angeles and on November 30, 2021, Griffin pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

On March 15, 2022, United States District Judge Steven Wilson sentenced Griffin to 14 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Griffin is appealing his sentence.

Assistant United States Attorneys Gregory Bernstein and Juan Rodriguez from the Major Frauds Section are prosecuting this case.

Source DEA


17 comments:

  1. Good 馃憤 that's what I call our legal system working, on sentencing the criminals, no curupt judges over, in Mexico too many curupt officials letting criminals go, after a bribe is paid.

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    1. Mohammed Sheriff
      Try again no racism please.

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  3. Damn, he had to have the Lawyer of a Lifetime (que the sarcasm) 400grams or more of Fetty hits the mandatory minimum of 10 years (unless it’s one of the deadlier analogues, which is even less weight to hit the 10 year minimum). The Meth (depending on purity) is either more than 50 grams or 500 grams and gets you at least 10 years or more. The Coke has a minimum of 5 years. To get that down to 27 months is a miracle in itself. Good for him!

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    1. Judge is on the payroll.

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    2. Being that they were arrested first, but sentenced last and the other guy got 14 years, I'd say he snitched

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    3. You hit the nail

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    4. It's California. You can get a lesser sentence for murder.

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    5. 10:10 keep dreaming.

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    6. They're federal cases, federal laws apply.

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  4. 2 years? So ridiculous

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    1. He fked up his job. Good pay, good benefits, 401 k, pension, paid vacation time.
      He can no longer apply for a government Job.
      Some people don't think of the consequences, wife is going to leave him too. He will start from scratch.
      I myself was denied a job with the US Post Office, because I did not fill a draft card in the 80s, when I was in highschool.

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    2. 2:51 prison inmates have that "you don't know what", but even male wardens and female guards fall for their charms, one even got about 7 prison guards pregnant and fired

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  5. People don’t understand that at the end of the day the drugs are falling in the dea’s hands they are the buyers 馃う馃徑‍♂️

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  6. Why 2 years cause he was.. ABROTHER IN BLUEEEEEEE

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    1. You consider TSA brothers in blue??? They are top flight security at best, are you kidding me???

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