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TSA Officers Involved in Oxycodone Scheme?

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on September 14, 2011 6:58 AM

Have you heard about the just-busted TSA oxycodone ring?

Federal investigators are accusing a group of three TSA officers and two local cops from New York and Florida of shipping tens of thousands of oxycodone pills to residents in both the Big Apple and Connecticut.

They've all been charged with accepting bribes, conspiring to distribute, and possessing drugs with the intent to sell.

Officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration were alerted to the TSA oxycodone ring earlier this year when they detained a man suspected of trafficking in prescription pills.

That man explained that he regularly flew thousands of oxycodone pills from Florida to New York, and according to the Associated Press, did so by paying the TSA agents and a New York police officer with cash and gift cards.

The arrested Florida trooper was also provided with cash and checks to ensure that carriers were not detained while in central Florida.

In the end, 20 people were arrested on Tuesday, all of whom are likely to be convicted as a result of the significant evidence being reported.

Violating laws prohibiting the taking of bribes, the accused TSA agents and law enforcement officers will likely be punished more harshly than non-official defendants.

Such activity usually involves a host of financial crimes, such as money laundering and fraud, and speaks against any mitigating circumstances that a judge may consider during sentencing.

Despite swearing to uphold the law, the participants in the TSA oxycodone ring may have sold their badges for a life behind bars.

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