A Transportation Security Administration employee was charged Tuesday with helping an alleged drug kingpin and other suspect travelers evade security at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Minnetta Walker, 43, of Buffalo was suspended from her job as a behavioral detection officer for the TSA and pleaded not guilty to federal charges.
Walker “is accused of permitting a certain traveler to travel under a false name and also helping people get through the scanning features of the Buffalo airport,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, “including the scanning of luggage and the scanning of people.”
Hochul would not comment on whether Walker, a nine-year TSA employee, received any money in return.
Also charged Tuesday was Derek Frank, an alleged drug dealer authorities said Walker allowed to travel using an alias and ushered through security with lowered scrutiny.
Frank, 30, of Amherst would regularly fly from Buffalo to Arizona to buy marijuana, which he then mailed back to Buffalo, where it was sold, authorities said.
He pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday to a charge of running a continuing criminal enterprise.
Source: The Associated Press via Wall Street Journal.
A Transportation Security Administration employee was charged Tuesday with helping an alleged drug kingpin and…
by Tactical-Life.com / Mar 2, 2011